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Old 05-30-2009, 03:45 PM   #831 (permalink)
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Does this mean the official designation for pedestrians not paying attention is now "Ding Bats" ???

Does this also mean that a "Ding Dong" is behind the wheel?

Nice to see you "Ringing Up" another improved feature for the car.

I hope it doesn't go over with a "Clank."





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Old 05-30-2009, 06:10 PM   #832 (permalink)
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:21 AM   #833 (permalink)
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$997

Oh, the puns! My brain hurts.

Let's soothe our left hemispheres with some accounting I did for the web site:

Total cash out:




Less parts sold, recycling, rebates:



From: Cheap electric car conversion for under $1000: how we did it - ForkenSwift.com
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:39 PM   #834 (permalink)
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Hmm, the forkenswift is 48v, correct?
In theory, a motorcycle conversion could be done of the same budget, with roughly the same parts and cost, right?
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:50 PM   #835 (permalink)
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It sure could.

In fact, it has been. Check out Russ' cycle:
ForkenCycle: dirt cheap, DIY electric motorcycle made from forklift parts | Hypermiling, Fuel Economy, and EcoModding News - EcoModder.com

Or mine:
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(mine was a bit more expensive, but now features chrome skull LED turn signals!)

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Old 06-25-2009, 10:04 PM   #836 (permalink)
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Yep. Aside from the Citi/Comutacars in the EV Album, the vast majority of 48 volt vehicles are motorcycles.

At 110 lbs, the motor we used is a bit heavy for a motorcycle conversion, but everything else could work.
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Old 06-26-2009, 07:44 PM   #837 (permalink)
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Brilliant, Thanks for the links.

...and i think ive just found a project for my uni' course in the next few years. Electric motorcycle?
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:36 PM   #838 (permalink)
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Well, I just relinquished the keys to the ForkenSwift. I've had it all to myself for the past 5 weeks because Ivan's girlfriend was getting a little testy about the fleet of vehicles accumulating at their place

But I'm going away for a month on a sailing trip, tomorrow. So I dropped it off last night.

I haven't updated this thread for a long time. The car works great! No problems. Kind of boring in that regard, but I still love driving it. If I have to drive, I'll always pick the ForkenSwift if it can do the job.

Of course it's still not finished. I have more refining I'd like to do to it. Just a matter of making time.
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Old 07-09-2009, 03:43 PM   #839 (permalink)
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What refinements are you talking about?
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:37 PM   #840 (permalink)
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Oh, stuff like mounting the ammeter and LED pack gauge properly. DC-DC converter properly. Finding some lower RR tires for it... undertray for the motor compartment (more for dirt than aero). Dreaming about alternator based regen and solar pv trickle charging...

Oh - and I did have a problem recently: the turn signals quit working. Turns out they share a 12v circuit with the backup lights, and kept blowing a fuse. So there's a short somewhere in the backup lights that needs tracking down (it's currently disconnected so I could keep the signals).

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