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.
braunicus wrote:Sadly, my budget for the project is pretty much a big fat 0. Reading is free so I'm scouring the web for information to give myself a better understanding of all of it. So far it looks like it will be around an $8k investment for a full on conversion going lithium out of the gate for between 72 to 96v 100ah and all the rest. I currently work for a battery shop but it's old school and not a single person there understands amp hours, pretty sad since the owner has owned it for 34 years. I'm currently working on signing on for electronics engineering classes once I figure out what my current schedule will allow.
Haven't figured out the donor bike as of yet but more towards the cruiser style
range around 50 miles
being florida there are no hills to speak of lol
As I learn more about it, I'm sure plenty will change. Originally I was going to use golf cart parts for the cycle since the battery shop does golf cart repair. I can get all the golf cart stuff at 1/2 price and lead acids at a good break. Just the thought of the weight of those agm batteries had me cringing though
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