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Old 10-09-2018, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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DIY: Tesla battery on a trailer doubles EV range, despite extra 1000 lbs

This is awesome:





(Screen shot from video, below.)

A RAV4 EV owner hacked a wrecked RAV to scavenge its battery pack & supporting structure to mount on a trailer to pull behind his car.

(We're talking about the most recent RAV EV, the joint partnership where Tesla guts went in a Toyota body. Not the old NiMH RAV.)


It's connected in parallel.


Highway range is about doubled.


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Seen on: https://jalopnik.com/this-ev-nut-bui...ile-1829585212

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Old 10-09-2018, 11:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He's got pizza pans ziptied onto his RAV4!
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Here's his build thread:

https://www.diyelectriccar.com/forum...14-192706.html

Correction - that appears to be adding extra cells within the vehicle. Same owner though.

Here's the discussion of his trailer:

https://www.diyelectriccar.com/forum...d.php?t=196321

And the builder's own YT channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/jimbo69ny
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When I put my empty flat bed trailer behind my leaf I lose about 10% of my range.
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Here's the discussion of his trailer:


https://www.diyelectriccar.com/forum...d.php?t=196321
The comments on that thread remind me why I stopped going to diyelectriccar.
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trailer-range

If the 2020 DARKO trip works out,we'll have numbers for a gap-filled,aero trailer,which could hold the extra pack.
It's not inconceivable,that the Model S,P-100 I drove,with an aero'd range-extender trailer,could well exceed 620-miles range.

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