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Old 17 Mar 2002, 08:40 (Ref:237229)   #1
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Electric Cars

I know a person who is in the process of convering a Suzuki Carry ute in to an Electric Vehicle. Looking at all the work he is putting into it it seems like an absoult waste of time. What do you think of Electric Vehicles and do you know anyone whos has tried to build one?????
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Old 17 Mar 2002, 09:05 (Ref:237279)   #2
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Yeah I know a bloke with an electric car but he is saving up to buy some batteries!
But there have been some success stories!
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Old 17 Mar 2002, 09:20 (Ref:237298)   #3
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That would be a bugger to unload the boot to get out the spare tyre.
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Old 17 Mar 2002, 09:50 (Ref:237330)   #4
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I wonder how the front/rear weight ratio would affect handling....

A few more technological breakthroughs are needed before electric cars can compare to the good old internal combustion ones.
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That would be a bugger to unload the boot to get out the spare tyre.
With the range you get from electric cars you don't need to carry a spare wheel.......... you can just walk back to your garage and get it!
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Old 17 Mar 2002, 10:31 (Ref:237369)   #6
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A few more technological breakthroughs are needed before electric cars can compare to the good old internal combustion ones.
How about this for a major technological breakthrough the automatic charger connector, you just drive up and it plugs straight in (thus saving you the effort of doing it every 20 minutes)

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Old 17 Mar 2002, 10:34 (Ref:237372)   #7
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Canada plays host to an electric Dutton Phaeton (there was a link to the relavent site on the Dutton O.C. web page, but it's gone now- I'll go searching...) I also recently found a site with an electric Triumph Spitfire which was built by students and used for autotesting events.
Electric cars are still a long way from being a viable alternative but there are one ore two reasonable city cars around such as the Ford Think which has an almost useable rangeand a top speed of 50 mph.
My wife has an electric bike with a range of 25 miles and a legaly regulated top speed of 17 mph, it's got enough power to drag you up hills without pedal assistance and is quite entertaining to ride!

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Old 17 Mar 2002, 10:53 (Ref:237388)   #8
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Here's the electric Dutton:-
www.canadiandriver.com/articles/slm/electric.htm
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Old 17 Mar 2002, 11:03 (Ref:237394)   #9
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Looks like that site needs recharging- sorry!

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I don't understand why anyone would want to develop an elecric car. They are NOT green, eco friendly cars!

Where the bloody hell do you think the electricity comes from. Either a nuclear power station, a hydroelectric dam or most probably from burning coal.
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Let's not forget the total lack of excitement with electric cars.

I'll stick with my 5.7L V8 - I'm not ready to drive around like the Jetsons!
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I can remember seeing a Peugeot 106 Electric car on Top Gear once. It had the amazing top speed of 28 MPH, with the foot flat to the floor.
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I was informed today of the price of the batteries for and Elec car and to be able to justify $10,000 on batteries you would have to be alittle soft in the head to say the least
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I was informed today of the price of the batteries for and Elec car and to be able to justify $10,000 on batteries you would have to be alittle soft in the head to say the least
Lets build an electric car and then not be able to afford the batteries
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$10K? Pffftttt.... that's nothing. 2-3 tanks of gas these days...
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