There are other people in the group who might be able to use some of the leftover batts (we can't use more than 12 max, and more likely only 8). So we probably won't just turn in the extra ones for the recycling fee in a desperate attempt to reduce the build cost
Depends on what your goals are. Can you make a highway capable car with only the parts from a 36v forklift? No. Can you make something similar to what we have made (low speed, slow acceleration)? Sure.
The advantage of used parts is they're cheap (or free). The disadvantage is their voltage ratings are lower, plus you end up doing more "custom" work to make things fit together (e.g. non-standard motor shafts, etc.)
It's too bad there is no EV club in the Montreal area. If I recall, there seems to be a few cars in that area in the EV Album.
If your going to be driving on the highway with a load of 50lb+ batteries I'd at least stand a piece of 3/4" plywood at the front of the bed to cover the rear glass. Just in case. I've seen my fair share of people seriously injured by there cargo in small accidents.
02 Saturn SL
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