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Old 11-19-2008, 01:30 PM   #776 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
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Originally Posted by Christ View Post
Shown to scale, that thing is about an inch and a half long... maybe a little shorter.. (looks to be about 40mm) The motor, that is.
OK, so put a bunch of them in series!!

(Yes, I'm just kidding)

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Reducing weight could be acheived with laptop batteries, although somewhat expensive...
That's the thing. Don't forget the prime directive of this particular project was: spend as little money as possible. Lithium isn't an option given that goal.

Essentially the car is a roaring success, given our modest design goals and its intended use. Any changes I'm likely to pursue will be small and inexpensive refinements rather than major changes.

EG: a controller bypass has the potential to improve efficiency by maybe 5-10% (when activated), and it wouldn't cost any more money (we have leftover components to do it). That's the type of thing I'd consider.
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