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Old 08-27-2008, 01:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MetroLectrical (lithium-ion Geo Metro electric car)

Hi. Darin and metrompg.com suggested I post here about my recently completed Geo Metro EV conversion. No web page yet, just a video of the first ride last month:

Go to YouTube and search for this exact phrase: "Electric Car First Rides".

The car has 36 Kwh worth lithium ion cells from ThunderSky. Range at 65 mph:

100% DOD = 145 miles
80% DOD = 115 miles
60% DOD = 88 miles

225 Wh/mile

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Old 08-27-2008, 01:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't view your video atm, but those are some really impressive ranges! Welcome to the site.
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Nice! And yeah, video is dead for me too
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I changed my earlier post so that the video link should work now. If not,
go to YouTube and search for this exact phrase: "Electric Car First Rides"

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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DOD?
Range has always been my spook on EV. That seems like it could get me to and from with range to spare.
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DOD = Depth of Discharge. 100% DOD means running the batteries until they're totally empty. 80% DOD means taking out only 80% of the battery's energy.

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Welcome,

Great and the range is excellent.

How many hours did you worked on it and how much did it cost you ?

Please do stop building all these electric cars... I may go from diesel to EV directly, without going through the hybrid cars

Currently I'm dreaming to have a tank with less CO2 generation by km than a prius (I'm currently at 20% more than the prius). Doctor, is it the first symptom ?

I also like your nick

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How long did it take? I'm proud to say that I finished this 2-month project in only 3 short years.

$9,000 for batteries
$8,000 for EV parts
$2,700 for car

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Bill - thanks a lot for posting this. First Li-ion home conversion I've seen. You're a pioneer!

I bet you'll get a lot of people wondering about cost/mile estimates for the lithium batteries vs. lead. I know that may not have been the reason you chose that chemistry (range was, I'm guessing).

I've seen your posts on the EVDL as well. Did you ever experience the "bucking" and temporary controller shutdown again on your steep hill?

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