[ausev] Batteries not included... Ouch! :(
k.douglass at earthlink.net
k.douglass at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 9 04:36:09 GMT 2008
Anybody have a comment on US battery products?
>From: Mark Farver <mfarver at mindbent.org>
>Sent: Dec 8, 2008 7:37 PM
>To: vern at txis.com, AustinEV News Announcements and General Discussion <ausev at austinev.org>
>Subject: Re: [ausev] Batteries not included... Ouch! :(
>Batteries have gotten expensive in the last few years, but they are
>not something you purchase from the internet. $279 is pretty high and
>the shipping will be even worse.
>I would not recommend Walmart or Costco batteries, the quality is low,
>and you don't want to spend all of your time installing/removing "free
>1 year replacement" batteries.
>My first recommendation would be the Interstate Battery on Burleson
>Rd. Ask for the manager (Todd?) and tell him you are from the Austin
>Area Electric Vehicle group and need 6 batteries equalivlent to the
>SCS225. He should be able to get your a little better deal. You must
>deal with the store on Burleson, the other Interstate battery stores
>in town buy wholesale from the store on Burleson.
>The other person to try is Larry at Comel Golf Cart in New Braunfels.
>His price in the past hasn't been better than Interstate, but he is
>really eager to earn AustinEV's business. He might be able to help,
>and stocks both Trojan and Exide IIRC.
>If you can get the car cleaned up and (maybe) running, I suspect you
>could get a decent amount selling it as a movie collectible on ebay.
>On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 7:03 PM, Vern Graner <vern at txis.com> wrote:
>> Ok, so I guess I should have done a bit of research before I took
>> delivery on a "batteries not included" EV. :) Seems the GEM E4 car
>> requires six of these puppies:
>> at $279.00 times six, that's $1674.00 plus shipping! wow. :(
>> So, two quick questions:
>> 1) Anyone know if I can get these cheaper (maybe local)?
>> 2) What would happen if I just put six 12v wal-mart/costco car batteries
>> in there?
>> As far as question #2 above, the intended use of the GEM car is to be a
>> run-about for around our property here in Dripping Springs.
>> We envision using it for stuff like running to the end of the fairly
>> long driveway to fetch the mail, run the trash cans out to the curb, let
>> the kids drive it around for fun, maybe taking it out to a MAKER FAIRE,
>> a local parade or DORKBOT on occasion, that sort of thing. :)
>> Since I don't foresee us using it as a "commuter car", do we really need
>> the pricey batteries?
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