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Old 12-20-2008, 10:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
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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Anyone can build a 'dirt cheap' EV if they are lucky enough to find the parts for 'dirt cheap'.
You've seen this, right: It’s a Trend! 3 Dirt Cheap DIY Electric Cars | Hypermiling, Fuel Economy, and EcoModding News - EcoModder.com

Three dirt cheap EV's (3, actually, if you count the $800 Yugo that inspired the ForkenSwift) kind of suggests it's not just about luck.

Luck is only part - and I'd argue a smaller part - of finding deals on the parts you need. Patience is far more important. Determination helps too.

The ForkenSwift gross cash outlay was in the neighbourhood of $2k. The net cost was halved by selling left over parts from the forklift, recycling its chassis, and selling left over ICE parts from the cars.
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