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#1 CaptainSlug

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:35 AM

Before conversion to electric drive:
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After conversion to electric drive:
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60 Volt 1kw 2HP motor
60V 20AH battery pack
19" front
16" rear
Budget: $1400

Current top speed is 30mph (need to switch out a sprocket)
Estimated range is 25 miles

http://ecomodder.com...cycle-6481.html

Edited by CaptainSlug, 29 July 2009 - 11:36 AM.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:49 AM

25 mile ranges? Won't that get banned?

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:06 PM

25 mile ranges? Won't that get banned?

In this state this is considered a moped as long as it cannot reach speeds above 35mph, and does not have a displacement rating above 50cc. The speed I can limit by gearing, the displacement is nonexistent because it doesn't even have cylinders.

I have been riding a similar electric vehicle around at slightly lower speeds for over three years.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:08 PM

25 mile ranges? Won't that get banned?

In this state this is considered a moped as long as it cannot reach speeds above 35mph, and does not have a displacement rating above 50cc. The speed I can limit by gearing, the displacement is nonexistent because it doesn't even have cylinders.

I have been riding a similar electric vehicle around at slightly lower speeds for over three years.


You're kidding, right?
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:10 PM

That is really kick-ass, it is pure awesomeness, does it weigh more or less than the original bike?
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:11 PM

Robots don't need jokes.

That's pretty awesome Slug, but you don't need me to tell you that.
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#7 CaptainSlug

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:12 PM

You're kidding, right?

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I've been pulled over 4 times, visited the DMV twice, and double-checked the state DMV code several times. If it has three wheels or less, does not have a displacement rating, and cannot reach speeds above 35mph I cannot get a license plate for it in Virginia. And therefore I do not need a license to operate it either.
But some states are much more stringent about electric vehicles, so you have to check your local DMV code for specifics.

I do obviously still have to obey normal traffic laws, and I cannot use roads with speed limits above 40mph.

That is really kick-ass, it is pure awesomeness, does it weigh more or less than the original bike?

Weighs about 25 pounds more, but I do need to weigh it more accurately now that it's working. I could shave off 40lb if I were spendy enough to use Lithium Polymer batteries instead of Sealed-Lead Acid.

Edited by CaptainSlug, 29 July 2009 - 12:16 PM.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:15 PM

Soooooo........autobot or decepticon? I don't see a chest emblem to rub.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:19 PM

That thing looks kick-ass.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:23 PM

Autocon.
DUH. Because that was one of my few thoughts throughout the day. Hopefully my sarcasm won't betray me again.

Any ways, That is really nice. How much did it cost to start off with?
Oh yeah, How long does it take to charge it?

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:28 PM

Any ways, That is really nice. How much did it cost to start off with?
Oh yeah, How long does it take to charge it?

The frame was purchased used. $1400 is how much I've spent to-date on the project as a whole.
Charging time is 2 to 5 hours.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 12:32 PM

Any ways, That is really nice. How much did it cost to start off with?
Oh yeah, How long does it take to charge it?

The frame was purchased used. $1400 is how much I've spent to-date on the project as a whole.
Charging time is 2 to 5 hours.


Thats not bad time to charge.

Buying used was a good idea.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:05 PM

Slap a 2k on that bitch and call it good!

Jks. In all seriousness, nice work. That must be quite a handy machine.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:10 PM

Sometimes, I wish my moped was fueled electricity, but then again, I like it as is. Why exactly did you convert it to electric? To save on gas? I don't see why you would other than that (though, mine already gets around 70 MPG, sooo....). Oh yeah, and, nice job.

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#15 CaptainSlug

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:21 PM

Sometimes, I wish my moped was fueled electricity, but then again, I like it as is. Why exactly did you convert it to electric? To save on gas? I don't see why you would other than that (though, mine already gets around 70 MPG, sooo....). Oh yeah, and, nice job.

Finn

For the kind of short commute I have every day, electric drive is much cheaper ($0.02/mile, upkeep expenses included) and more efficient (equivalent of 300+mpg).

I'm not doing any of this to "save the environment" or assuage an eco-guilt. It saves me money.

Also, they're fun to tinker with.

Edited by CaptainSlug, 29 July 2009 - 01:25 PM.

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Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:33 PM

Soooooo........autobot or decepticon? I don't see a chest emblem to rub.



Has to be Autobot. No self respecting Decepticon would be caught dead as a "green vehicle."
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 05:10 PM

Nice bike. Just don't embed that point on the front into any pedestrians.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 06:34 PM

What kind of batteries does it use? I'm assuming gell-cells, but I could be, and most likely am wrong. The new lithium A123 cells would make this thing so much lighter, and you would be able to go farther on a single charge.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 08:38 PM

Do you have a similar building log for the other eclectic scooter that you built? Nice work as always.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 08:47 PM

Soooooo........autobot or decepticon? I don't see a chest emblem to rub.



Has to be Autobot. No self respecting Decepticon would be caught dead as a "green vehicle."

Or unarmed. Where's the +bow integration? :D nice work.
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:18 PM

So could you ride it in a bike lane? If you even have those in your area...
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Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:51 PM

What kind of batteries does it use? I'm assuming gell-cells, but I could be, and most likely am wrong. The new lithium A123 cells would make this thing so much lighter, and you would be able to go farther on a single charge.

Sealed-lead acid (gel cell).
Lithium batteries of any kind in a pack size matching what is currently on the bike would cost more than the whole value of the bike as it is now. I don't have that kind of budget.

Do you have a similar building log for the other eclectic scooter that you built? Nice work as always.

http://ecomodder.com...-mods-5158.html

So could you ride it in a bike lane? If you even have those in your area...

State Police have said I can use them so long as I do so with the flow of traffic.
If I want to use bike trails I would have to get a permit from the Park Service.
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:36 AM

That is really really REALLY cool. Compared to the original bike how does it handle?
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:46 AM

You ever gonna add some solar panels?
Spinners?
Toons?

You know, pimp it out?
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Posted 30 July 2009 - 10:44 AM

don't embed that point on the front into any pedestrians.


I think that might have something to do with it...

Nice bike though, I was thinking about doing something similar, it's just that all of the Razor electric bikes are so small, even for modification, and if I remodeled a gas engine it would be waaay out of my budget Nice job.
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