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Old 11-19-2008, 01:30 PM   #776 (permalink)
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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)

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.
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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