My furure electric car
I know it's not electric right now but it has great potential. I just orderer a Smart Car which is a gas version that get 40+ MPG. I think this will make a great electric vehicle in the future. For the time being I will drive it as is so I can pay it off, $14000.oo USD. As soon as I can afford it I will buy all the stuff needed to convert this little car to electric. I think I can even match or beat the performance of the gas version. here is a picture of the one I have on order.
Grandpa Chas S.
Might be cheaper if you do it, but
make the conversion already.
Current price list
As an ot comment, has the 30% CUT IN COST OF LITHIUM BATTERIES worked its way into the scooter market?
Chas, I wonder if you could make a plug in hybrid out of it. Grantid, there's already not much room for batteries, but if you used some sealed batteries and a lower voltage system, with about < 5 kwhr storage, it might work really well.
If it's FWD, Here's my idea. Get an 8 inch ADC motor and use a belt drive to directly drive one of the rear wheels. Fitting the motor might be a real challenge as it'd need to be where the gas tank is, but maybe the tank can be downsized. Use eight 12v batteries in series for a 96v system. You could use 50ah B&Bs stacked horizontal in the trunk with the terminals facing the rear to access them. This would take up a lot of cargo space, but if your using it just for personal transportation anyway, than this shouldn't matter too much. An off-board charger could be used. You could leave the car idling while driving in electric mode to negate the need for any DC-DC converter for the aux system, and also get air conditioning or heating when needed.
This might get you 55 mph tops, and 12-15 miles in electric mode.
I just think it's a waste to gut a new gas vehicle like this. Why not get the best of both gas and electric? This would be much more practical than all electric, as there would be never be any need to worry about electric range. Just drive it until the batteries are mostly discharged, than start the engine and switch to gas power. If gas prices soar, than you can always just stack more batteries in to get more range.
Chas - from muscle car to smart car? How the mighty have fallen! ;-) Seriously though - congrats on the new ride.
I have to disagree with Andrew - don't make it a plug-in hybrid! You'd end up with a very complex solution. If you need the range then I guess you have no choice (but I doubt people buy these cars to go on road trips!) Hopefully in 2 years you'll be able to make a 50+ mile range car...
Woo hoo! Congrats!
BTW - talk to me when you want to buy batteries for it... ;-)
I bought a new Smart MHD (Start-Stop) -08 model last spring and I love this car.
Had a -02 model before this one.
These cars are perfect size if you don´t have kids to haul around. :-)
Had plans for years to convert as well, but the problem here in Europe is that it´s only approved for 120kg of load, including the passenger and in a conversion you can not exceed the cars approved total weight.
Since the motor/gearbox doesn´t weigh very much, the weight of the batteries is very limited.
This is what stopped me from planning further.
I really hope you can make it happen in the USA, maybe the laws are different.
Already Smart car electric version in China