[ausev] New list member and I have a few questions.
blasseter.cmpe01 at gtalumni.org
Wed Oct 22 16:55:10 GMT 2008
On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 5:50 AM, David Leon <r5aaap at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I was leaning toward the AC kit offered by electroautomotive for $12,000.
> I figured it would be a good fit for my 97 Saturn SW1 that I own. I
> figured once I got the first conversion completed, I would convert the
> 2008 Mazda B2300 after I made the mistakes with the Saturn.
> My questions are, "Has anyone done business with electroautomotive?"
> "Could I do better with alternative vendors for similar parts for the
> AC kit that electroautomotive offers?"
I don't have any information about electroautomotive, or their kits...
However I'm sure that Revolt Custom Electric Vehicles here locally in
Austin could cut you a deal on a DC kit designed for a Saturn. The 97
Saturn (2nd gen S-series) still has the same frame as my 02 Saturn
(3rd gen S-series). They did a bangup job on my Saturn...
> Are there any federal, state, or local (grants, incentives, tax credits, etc)
> that I could enlist to offset the initial $12,000 cost of the AC kit?
There is a $500 rebate from Austin Energy, and a Federal Tax Credit
for Alternative Vehicle Refueling stations (That's like $200 to
install a plug in your garage). There is nothing significant... and
those funds you get back after the conversion.
> And finally, I guess I'm looking for the optimum conversion by going AC with
> the highest possible voltage. I've seen that wet cell deep cycle batteries
> are limited by a maximum current of approximately 400 amps. I figure if I
> keep the duty cycle low and the current down, I can get the most lifetime
> from the batteries.
I'm not sure where you're getting this figure, though I keep my
electric Saturn with wet cell deep cycle batteries limited to a
maximum current of 400 amps. It's very peppy with 400 amps though.
You should drop by this Saturday for the open garage and check it out.
Brian "Lasso" Lasseter
"No Sane man will dance." -Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
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