Go Back   EcoModder Forum > Introductions
Register Now
 Register Now

Reply  Post New Thread
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-10-2009, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: usa
Posts: 17
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Today's Newbie

Howdy folks,

I joined here primarily for the electric motorcycle/car info. I've followed the electric car bandwagon since the 1970s and now I'm ready to build something. Actually I have built one electric "vehicle" ... a ride-on train. It's powered by a 24V motor, two 12V deep cycle batteries, controlled by a controller I found on the net. I should write it up if anyone's interested.

I'm a contractor, when my bad back allows it, so most of my vehicles are gas-sucking trucks. Last year I purchased an old Suzuki 300 when gas prices hit $4, it paid for itself in gas savings. Since my back went out I've taken a job maintaining my church.

My commute is four miles round-trip so range isn't an issue. I figure I'll find an old motorcycle and electrify it. If I keep the speed under 30 it would be considered a moped her in MA. I may just try the 24V system from my train since I think I have an extra set of motor/controller.

I'm also interested in creating a parallel hybrid out of one of my trucks to improve the gas mileage. Aero mods won't work for me since I need the bed open for work.

Personal info: I'm 39 (for the 12th time), I can weld and machine metal, I have a good computer background, and when my back is good I can handle most any lifting. I also belong to machinebuilders.net a good fabrication site.

Oh, and I live in western Massachusetts.

Stan Zdonick

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

Old 04-10-2009, 12:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: usa
Posts: 17
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A few more details about me:

1) Small cars don't bother me, I drove a Fiat 600 in 1975/6 until it died. It got around 52 MPG during the gas crunch. I've owned around 20 Fiats but the 600 was the smallest sedan. My 850 spider was smaller but it only held two people.

2) I drive a motorcycle to save gas, not like a maniac.

3) My welding skills are not that great, ugly welds but nothing has ever fallen apart.

4) I can read drawings and I've done some drafting back in the 1980s.

5) I'm pretty well versed in the laws of my state in regards to what is/isn't allowed. Massachusetts is pretty strict, three wheeled cars are NOT considered motorcycles here, unlike most states.

6) I'm online a LOT and I have my own web servers. I write RPGs in my free time.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 01:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
Daox's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Germantown, WI
Posts: 11,202

CM400E - '81 Honda CM400E
90 day: 51.49 mpg (US)

Daox's Grey Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
Team Toyota
90 day: 49.53 mpg (US)

Daox's Insight - '00 Honda Insight
90 day: 64.33 mpg (US)

Swarthy - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage DE
90 day: 56.69 mpg (US)

Daox's Volt - '13 Chevrolet Volt
Thanks: 2,499
Thanked 2,580 Times in 1,549 Posts
Welcome to the site stanz! You came to the right place. You're not wanting to convert the Suzuki I'm guessing?

BTW, you can still aeromod the truck, just not the top (do the bottom ).
Current project: A better alternator delete
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 02:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
Dartmouth 2010
SVOboy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Hanover, NH
Posts: 6,447

Vegan Powa! - '91 Honda CRX DX
Team Honda
90 day: 66.52 mpg (US)
Thanks: 92
Thanked 122 Times in 90 Posts
Send a message via AIM to SVOboy Send a message via MSN to SVOboy Send a message via Yahoo to SVOboy
Welcome to ecomodder! I agree with Tim that you can still aeromod the truck, just not everywhere.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2009, 02:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
EcoModding Lurker
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: usa
Posts: 17
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
No, the Suzuki will not be modified. It gets 60-74 MPG as-is, it will be used for picking up the kids after I add a sidecar. It's also good for short trips on the highway. It's a cruiser styled bike, I sit in a position that doesn't bother my back. No stretching or contorting involved. It's also light enough so I can lift it if I drop it.

The EVCycle will strictly be used around town.

I dunno about aero-modding my pickup. I rarely drive it on the highway it does spend a good deal of time in scrapyards and at the dump. I'd be worried about tearing stuff off. How much of of an increase would I see in a truck that mostly travels under 40 mph?

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Yet another newbie! stockhaus Introductions 0 02-21-2009 03:02 PM
Wiring a MPGuino - complete newbie asfd OpenGauge / MPGuino FE computer 2 01-08-2009 03:45 PM
Canadian Newbie Stormin' Norman Introductions 16 06-19-2008 11:01 AM
Article: A Big Drop In Emissions Is Possible With Today's Technology cfg83 Saving@Home 1 01-22-2008 09:22 AM

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com