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Old 08-14-2019, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ben Nelson at it again - OEM Ford Ranger EV converted to lithium

Ben has a bunch of videos about his recent acquisition, an OEM Ford Ranger electric vehicle. This video goes over his quick conversion to lithium, but he has a bunch more on his channel. Check them out (and click his ads to help him out) for some good content.

https://www.youtube.com/user/BenjaminNelson/videos


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Old 08-14-2019, 01:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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100 miles on a charge is pretty great. (And I clicked through three ads and actually am gonna go read one of the solar pitches... why not?)
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hmmm . . . wonder if it would tow my boat?
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Tow your boat: YUP, or at least mine can, but I have 10 forward speeds. I can pull whatever the diesel F250 can (for a while). However, 100 mile range, I am jealous but he has 3X my capacity. Otoh, he was WAAAY over load capacity with the FLA, probably still is with the new ones.
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That would certainly beat the 10-ish mpg my Chevy C3500 gets!

Unfortunately I live in the middle of the state and I only like to fish in salt water, so it means an almost 50 mile one-way trip just to hit the Gandy boat ramp on the east side of Tampa Bay from my house.

I wonder what the EV range would drop to towing 2-1/2 tons on the highway?
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I agree. 100 miles makes that a very usable vehicle. As he mentions in the video, the I-MIEV only has about 65 miles of range.
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100-miles

I think that,back in the day of the EV1,the numbers-crunchers figured commuters only needed 47-miles range/day.100 miles for me would be sure luxury! And I'm wind-powered,so it'd be zero-carbon.
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Iíve been eyeing those Valence batteries for years, always wanted a u24-12xp but have never tfound them.

The 27 series are all but useless because of their dimensions (unless I could turn them on the side)

At $300 a piece still pretty pricey for used tech

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