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Old 08-17-2008, 04:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MPaulHolmes View Post
Oh, $3000 is plenty to make a 40 mile range conversion with a top speed of about 55 mph. Doing it yourself, of course, but it's not that hard. I can give you a cost breakdown if you're curious. Batteries would need to be replaced every few years, at a cost of around $1300.
No question it can be done on the cheap, if you willing to make some compromises for cost, like brushed DC motors, and pB-A batteries. But there is word of difference between these two vehicles. Just look at the specs:
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In not saying it is worth it, in just saying that it is not a fair comparison.

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Old 08-17-2008, 04:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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How come they say it's 120 to 150 miles per charge, and Tom Hanks (who drives one) says its 100-120? Maybe he does a lot of fast driving. I don't know. By the way, in my conversion, I got some AGM Lead Acid batteries that can be recharged in like 25-30 minutes if I had such a charger, which I don't.

I guess it's annoying to me when millionaires show what can be done to help protect the environment, but it is completely unrealistic to 99% of the world's population. Why not show what can be done by maybe 20% of the world instead?

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