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Old 04-09-2009, 04:58 PM   #1096 (permalink)
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Location: Oconomowoc, WI, USA
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Electric Cycle - '81 Kawasaki KZ440
90 day: 334.6 mpg (US)

S10 - '95 Chevy S10
90 day: 30.48 mpg (US)

Electro-Metro - '96 Ben Nelson's "Electro-Metro"
90 day: 129.81 mpg (US)

The Wife's Car - Plug-in Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
90 day: 78.16 mpg (US)
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Also, the car can hit at LEAST 63 mph now. I hit a speed zone and had to slow down after that.

Is it just my car, or do all Geo Metros seem scary fast at that speed? I can really hear the wind pushing on my car at that speed. We weren't kidding about the aeromods...

My batteries are not really balanced. Doing 72V parallel charging and 144V series driving works in theory, but my batteries are all a little different.

If they were better balanced, all the same age and quality, I'm sure the performance would be better.

I like the idea of individual chargers, as they would help keep the batteries equalized.

Also, I believe that I will NOT be able to get the same speed out of a 48V forklift motor as a person would from a motor specifically designed for an electric vehicle.
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