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Old 07-03-2008, 01:33 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It'd be a cool little oddity to have if you can get it cheap

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Old 07-03-2008, 11:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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If it is a '75, it may be a 36v / 3.5 HP model. Those go about 28 MPH, and have a range of 20 miles or so.

My 1976 48v model goes 35, and would have a 32 mile range with eight 6v batteries. I have six 8v batteries as I prefer less weight, so the maximum range is 24 miles. Went that far once. In general, I use it for 10 or so miles a day.

Upgraded to 72 volts, Citicars have been known to go over 50 MPH, but range will probably never be much more than 30-35 miles until Lithium becomes cheaper than the entire car...

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well, I would mos def make it 72 volts just so I can go over 50 to get to work.
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gave the guy my contact info, so now we wait
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Old 07-03-2008, 12:56 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Neat. But if it won't meet your range requirements, DIY is the only way.
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true dat, yo


I am already looking at cheap S-10's or something since the batteries can go in between the frame and or bed. I do have access to the disney world's back lot that sells damaged goods and old company vehicles. Last time I went they had some pick ups and some of those izuzu work trucks.
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there is one for about 2000 dollars right now in lousiana, couple days left though
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there is one for about 2000 dollars right now in lousiana, couple days left though
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But was this an undersaltwater hurricane car? Good luck bidders.
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But was this an undersaltwater hurricane car? Good luck bidders.
These cars at least can be cleaned up and still run after such an event. They're not like a gasser.

Oddly that 73-74 c-car looks a lot like mine, its just 8 years older.

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But to make me want it i would need to be able to get 40 miles round trip and at least achieve 50mph..
Well you can do one or the other, My car can go 51 miles to the bitter end going 35mph or so OR 50mph 25-30 miles so long as there is a 1hr plus break in there for the batteries to come up a bit.

The C-cars are probably the least expensive car to mod the battery packs to go the distance you want but I doubt you would be willing to foot the bill for NIHM or Lithium, as the saying has been for what?? 8 years - next year the prices will drop

There have been cars that do what you want made in the 70's with lead acid, there was one on ebay last june that sold over 12k, looked like a corvette (the good kind) except down the middle instead of framework there were 16 batteries on a shelf. It could go 100 miles @ 25mph or approx 40 miles at 50mph.

Lead Electrics have their place, anytime you need to drive in town or go on short distance trips or have a place to charge they might work out for you. I currently only use gas 2.5 days a week and run only my electric during the week days. That includes a small bit of highway driving about once a month when I want to get out to the warehouse stores on the wrong side of the highway.

C-cars are fun but are not for everyone, but I will say if you have nothing else (or act like you do) you might find you can make something work if you really want it to work, same goes for bicycles, bus service, mopeds and every other cheap transport.
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Terrific color!!

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