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Old 11-27-2007, 12:53 PM   #327 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
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04-23-2007, 04:06 Pm

How to build an electric car that pays for itself

So, I bungeed one of the cooked floodies onto my home made bike trailer this afternoon and took it up to the recycler. They're worth $3 each.

Following that, I got in touch with my guy at the forklift company and offered that we'd give him the recycling money for any used batteries he'll send us (or rather, tell me about, so I can go pick 'em up).

But he said, "nah, we're enjoying helping out the project. No need to provide cash."

Which is both good & bad. I'm always suspicious of people who aren't motivated by greed. They're more complicated, and not necessarily as predictable And I would really like to have a predictable supply of used batts.

Anyway, I also asked him if he would hook me up with his supplier, since theoretically, there's a guy driving around to a bunch of different customers dropping off new & picking up used floodies. I'd like to get in on that motherlode! He said he'd mention it to him next time they talk.

End result: it looks like each battery that we deem a dud adds three bucks to the ForkenSwift Fund.
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners - electric car conversion on a beer budget
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