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View Poll Results: Why don't you own an electric vehicle?
Every last one of them was recalled and electric cars are no longer around. 4 4.71%
I'm waiting another 10 years untill something great comes out. 7 8.24%
I can't afford one, not even a used one. 44 51.76%
They don't have the range I need 46 54.12%
I can't find one that my family would fit in. 3 3.53%
What are you talking about? I already own one or more electric vehicles. 15 17.65%
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:48 AM   #21 (permalink)
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'Cause I don't have a spare $109K, of course.
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You are in luck! I saw a Tesla for sale on Craigslist last night and they only want $98K !

When Zap PU self-destructed in 2002 and Zenn, Miles, and Gem hobbled around at 25 mph on 45 mph speed limit streets, many people made up their mind by what they saw. Except me.

My 1993 EV went over the limit, faster but with less range. People saw it charging 4 to 6 hours and made up their minds again- no EVs and constant charging. It is hibernating now with the license overdue next month. Maybe for good.

I look forward to a Triac, Alius, Myers; or something newer that I can get parts for!

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Old 01-26-2010, 01:41 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I was surprised that once I started looking it turned out that there were alot of electric cars around.
I bought my Citi-car for $160, I've put about twice that much more in to it to fix it up along with a pretty much free set of batteries that hold a half charge, I still have a bit more to do to get it fully on the road but I'll have a $500 two person electric car and all I had to do was start telling people I knew that I was looking to buy an electric car, I think it was the 4th or 5th person I talked to who sold me the EV they had in storage.
My Commuti-car is the most expensive car I ever bought at $3,500, of course it needed $50 worth of brake work done so it wasn't perfect but darn close, I also bought it at the peek of gas prices so I paid $1,000 more then they are going for now.
I now seem to get an Email every few weeks about someone trying to sell their EV and I can't get any of my friends to buy them, thus my pole to find out why people who are clearly in to gas mileage don't own one.
My next EV is most likely going to be a Myers Motors NMG or their Duo as a 70-100 mile range would be nice along with it's higher speeds.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:56 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Find me an EV for $160 around here, I'll jump on it. Even if it needs work. You can't get a busted Cush out here for less than $800.
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I just trashed my bank account buying a $575 vehicle. Don't feel bad.
Hah, I feel ya man! I've been debating selling a 1963 190Dc I picked up for $450 but it's something I've always wanted so I'm just hobbling along w/ all the other cars.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:10 AM   #25 (permalink)
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We use our Auranthetics about 6 months out of the year on dry days. $300 each + $200 for insurance.

I do need the range to get into town from the Island I live on and they just aren't there yet in my price range. SO...

I got the Prius for a steal and plan to ecomod the heck out of it and then get an Enginer PHEV kit.

I'm waiting for the Aptera. Not holding my breath. It's starting to sound like a soap opera with that company. That joker they chose to run the company sounds like a real jack**s. *sigh*
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Hah, I feel ya man! I've been debating selling a 1963 190Dc I picked up for $450 but it's something I've always wanted so I'm just hobbling along w/ all the other cars.
Does it look just like this?



That would make a sweet electric!
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Convos are expensive! If I found something like that for $450 I woulda sold it a long time ago and had a ton of money left over for every other car/bike I have.
Right now it looks like this w/ an interior that isn't as nice, a better body, a relatively new paint job that needs some touch-ups, and some new chrome in the trunk. I'm 90% sure the powertrain is O.K. so I don't think I'll yank anything. Ideally, if I had the money, I'd like to put a 9" motor behind the trans and run it off of a pack of A123 cells. 3kWh should get me ~80hp/10 miles of all electric range, and all told it would only increase the weight by ~250lbs. Stock it's ~45whp/2800lbs, probably slower than my VW, but ~115hp/3050lbs would make for a peppy ride.
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An EV is supposed to be driven and charged everyday to keep the batteries healthy, or so I've heard. I don't commute everyday. I bike when I can, but public transport is good. My wife has 20-25km one-way. In the summer, she bikes. In the winter it takes her 1.5-2 hours to get to work on 3-4 busses, so she'd like a car. But the winter here won't allow that: this morning it was -30*C (-22*F). Even if a freshly charged EV would get her to work in that temperature (the car would have to sleep outside), then:
  1. She would freeze in a -30 degree (C) steel can,
  2. The car would spend 8 hours in the parking lot in temperatures around -15*C. Would it make it home?
We would love to have a small, 2-4 person EV with 100-150km range, but we would use it only 2-4 times per month at most. The rest of our trips are long distance.

But things change, and if it turns out that biking/mass transport are out of the question and we will be able to use an EV, then I'll have a new project
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:27 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Convos are expensive! If I found something like that for $450 I woulda sold it a long time ago and had a ton of money left over for every other car/bike I have.
Right now it looks like this w/ an interior that isn't as nice, a better body, a relatively new paint job that needs some touch-ups, and some new chrome in the trunk. I'm 90% sure the powertrain is O.K. so I don't think I'll yank anything. Ideally, if I had the money, I'd like to put a 9" motor behind the trans and run it off of a pack of A123 cells. 3kWh should get me ~80hp/10 miles of all electric range, and all told it would only increase the weight by ~250lbs. Stock it's ~45whp/2800lbs, probably slower than my VW, but ~115hp/3050lbs would make for a peppy ride.
I checked out your MB. not a bad specimen at all. Must be nice to live in Ca. Your 190 doesn't really need that much work to bring it back to a real gem. A friend of mine picked up a 77 240D from the original owner. The car was a well cared for Pa. doctors only driven on the best days kind of vehicle.

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