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Old 07-18-2015, 10:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The Isuzu makes less power and torque from a bigger engine, and in the Rodeo is thirstier. A backwards step in my book, reliability counts for something though.

Admittedly my mechanical skills aren't great, and I feel more likely to complete an EV conversion than I would an engine swap (plus there's actually an EV converter near me if I really get stuck). Ideally, I'd fix the head myself, but I wonder if that's a smart move if Euro and VW specialist mechanics don't want to touch it.

Back to the EV conversion.

I used 8l/100km on my last tank (about average). I figure about 1l/100km is wasted idling (I don't like to shut down my turbo cars repeatedly), so we should have a safety margin.

The EM calculator tells me that equates to 710Wh/km.

I want to travel 100km on a charge so I need a 71kWh pack. This is at odds with the EV source calculator which predicts a nearly 60 mile range on a 28.8kWh pack. They don't factor in that I drive all low speed streets and would be hypermiling, I expect I would see a healthy 80miles on such a pack.

This pack will cost $12K and weigh 700lbs. My van has a good amount of space under the floor so all the batteries would be mounted below my CG, improving ride and handling (maybe!).

How would I more accurately predict my required capacity based on my current diesel usage?

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