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Old 05-18-2006, 02:42 PM
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Just for fun go to Mechanix Illustrated on the web. It would be more work but they have an intresting battery cars and three wheeler as wheel as lawn mower engine powered 3 wheelers. You might get some ideas and find it interesting.

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How about using a small truck such as a Ranger or S-10? Light weight and plenty of room to carry batteries outside the passenger compartment.
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Older trucks make a good base for an EV. Here are some shots of one from a local show.
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i have a 74 mazda formerly rotary pickup and it make a fine platform. i have 18 6volt batts in it. the way they assembled it they put 8 batts in the engine compartment and 10 batts under the bed. which was a mistake. i will put 4 batts in the bed and get some weight off the front end. it will do 40 miles to a charge easily. mine also has the tranmission, 4 spd. it sure is quiet. you need good brakes because it free wheels up to a light. in fact, you learn to watch for lights and back out a long ways ahead. it has an on board charger so if at work you can get near an outlet, problem solved.
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There actually were a couple of electric Corvairs built by GM in the '60s as concepts. Electrovair II I've got 2 late model Corvairs, they're unibody and not all that light to begin with.

Conventional lead-acid batteries give off hydrogen when being charged. Make sure that the batteries are vented to the outside of the vehicle and that there's plenty of ventilation. One spark could bring back memories of the Hindenburg.

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