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MetroMPG 02-06-2008 09:37 AM

Video: electric Saturn SL1
This is a good video. A pretty thorough look at a well done conversion, including commentary on the key issues & a nice on-road demo.

But holy smoke, there's a lot of lead in the trunk!


Daox 02-06-2008 10:23 AM

Nice video. Too bad he didn't mention the cost of the conversion. That is a LOT of batteries haha.

NoCO2 02-06-2008 10:39 AM

Wow, that's awesome! He is actually doing a decent, road worthy speed! As soon as I live somewhere that has a garage so I can plug it in at night, I would love to build one myself. Until then, however, I'm left to building my E-bike and taking it easy on the petrol burner.

MetroMPG 02-06-2008 10:43 AM

And you can bet he didn't include the replacement cost of those batteries in his "2 cents per mile" claims either!

(Neither did I when talking about the ForkenSwift's 3 cents/km, but I've got three packs worth of used batteries to swap around.)

NoCO2 02-06-2008 10:53 AM

How much does each of those battery packs cost roughly?

bennelson 02-06-2008 12:59 PM

Talk about a "lead-sled"!

He needs to ditch that roof rack!

Great looking conversion overall. Cockpit looks really nice - didn't go too crazy with instrumentation.

Gone4 02-06-2008 04:41 PM

This is the sort of conversion I was interested in trying eventually. Big batteries at a high voltage for some real distance and highway speeds. This place has forced me away from these and looking more into supplementing bicycling with hypermiling and ecomodding a gasser instead (or a scooter/motorcycle with a gasser if the area I land in after this May doesn't permit daily bicycle riding). This big conversions don't do anyone a favor for the wallet right now and are quite the time sink in comparison.

Still, this car is wicked cool :D

igo 02-06-2008 06:12 PM

This may be a beginner question: Why does his tachometer work? Does the electric motor spin at the same rpm as a conventional engine or is the tachometer read off of the transmission?

MetroMPG 02-06-2008 06:34 PM

He probably rigged the tach to read off the motor shaft.

One revolution of the electric motor will turn the transmission's input shaft once, just like the gas engine that used to be there.

WaxyChicken 02-06-2008 08:36 PM

I'd be more than happy driving that. :)
It looks like he did some good work on it.

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