dogman wrote:I was determined to build a converted electric car. Then saw how expensive one would be.
I became determined to convert a motorcycle, or get an electric scooter. Then I saw it would be expensive. Dang cost of a huge battery.
Finally, I decided to forget having 50 miles range, and built my first electric bike to go 10 miles. The idea, a good one, was to learn more about motors and batteries on a small , afffordable scale.
The rest is history. I soon had ebikes capable of my 30 mile daily trip to work, followed by more battery to take 60 mile fun rides on the weekend. A 47 mph track racing bike followed, and after much experimentation I found motors that worked great on trails and steep dirt terrain for dirt riding fun. The last addition was the longtail bike for cargo hauling or really long rides.
I'd still like the electric car or motorcycle, but the bikes have the EV grin so big I can wait.
I contemplated a vehicle conversion (s10, tacoma, ranger, Karmann Ghia) long before I got a ebike.
The cost(10-20k+) & my inexperience with the world of electrics prevented that happening.
"I could do a motorcycle a lot cheaper" but still was looking at 3k-10k, & same inexperience.
Then I found ebikes
This is the way to do it.
Light, efficient, & cheap enough that if I blew everything up, I wouldnt be paying for it on a line of credit, 10 years later.
A nice outlaw eBike/moped is a great way to cut your teeth.
Learn about batteries, C rate , peukert effect, varying chemistry, etc
Then there is a ton to learn about Motor windings, widths, weights & the relationship between controller & motor.
If purchased with caution & future proofing in mind, many of the bike components could then be used on a moto project.
Do you have much electronics experience?