I am by no means an expert on EV stuff, but what I've picked up from the EVDL list is that there is one part of an EV not to skimp on if you want to limit headaches, and that is the charger(s).
I know the whole idea of Forkenswift is to keep costs down, but be sure to get a charger with good current and voltage limiting, as even a mediocre charger can dust quality batteries well before their time. I am leaning toward multiple parallel chargers myself for optimal battery balancing.
Agreed. If I were building a proper EV with a pile of cash invested in a new set of balanced batteries, I think I'd also go the individual charger route. Soneil comes to mind. Otherwise I'd get balancers/charge regulators. Unfortunately, 8 soneils cost more than the total invested in the project.
It's actually bound to offset very little of my ICE driving, because I bike everywhere local, unless it's raining. I can only think of 2 trips in the past couple of weeks where I would have used the FS. It's far more likely that I'll be driving it because it's so cool to drive. (I feel so dirty.)
Ivan, on the other hand, drives more. So it'll offset more of his ICE use when he has it.
Correction: I will be offsetting other people's ICE driving. Forgot about this.
I'm pretty sure I'll be volunteering to chauffeur my family & friends around, where they would otherwise be using their ICE vehicle. EG my mom typically drives her Camry around 20 km a day for errands. I bet I'll be showing up to take her to the grocery store...
I mentioned this to her and she said: "why can't I just drive it myself?"