Solar Powered Golf Cart
Been cruising the the forums researching ways to fine tune my recent e-scooter acquisition. I figured I might as well post a picture of our Lido. 2x 175w AEE panels, 48v 3000w brushed motor w/ 'turbo button'.
I have scavenged some vintage panels from the Carrizo install in California hoping to arrange a full time charging 'station' for my scooter so perhaps it too will qualify as a solar vehicle.
Enjoy, and thanks to the forums for all of the helpful information.
Does this recharge exclusively off the solar panels?
"we must be the change we wish to see in the world"
Sure do like the "Nano Pickup" look!
Do tell us more about it.
This is a great conversion! Unfortunately I live in the cloudy midwest so I won't be going solar anytime soon.
I would be interested in those under-the-hood shots. Thanks for posting.
Ann Arbor, MI
Thanks for the information!
I bet it would be a blast to drive ... especially along the beach, at a tailgate party or other big event... not to mention the golf course :)
I'd definitely be interested in looking under the hood.
Re: The Bridgestone CB-1, I bet it's worth a few bucks.
I didn't make any permanent changes to my MB-1 so that I could restore it should I ever want to.
I think my next conversion, if any, will be with a bike with some suspension since I do go off-road with mine some.
Disc brakes would be a nice feature as well.
If you're just going to use it on the road the hard-tail works fine though, the CrMo frame has enough flex to give a nice ride. A 36V+ system using DeWalts or other LiIons would help keep the weight down and if you keep it under 1000 Watts it should pass as a bike (not need licensing) in most states.
Good luck in all!
Thanks for posting the pics!
That AllTrax controller looks very familiar, I'm very pleased with the AXE4824 that I have on the MB-1-E.
I don't see a fuse in the battery circuit. I know that AllTrax highly recommends one.
I believe they recommend an ANN250 Bussman or Littlefuse for 400 amps or less and an ANN400 Bussman or Littlefuse for the higher amp controllers. It's cheap insurance, you may want to check that out.
Nice clean looking build!
I'm not familiar with the use of a booster, is that just a monster capacitor?
Are those seatbelts ... if so, good plan!
Thanks again for the pics!!
48-volts is a common pack over at "otherpower.com" for us hermits that are typing our manifestos up in our mountain cabins. It wouldn't cost anything to add a sentence to the next batch of brochures to the effect of:
"With our optional inverter, this cart can provide 120 VAC for your TV and lights during the next power outage, much like a back-up generator but without the smell or noise!"
I don't want to sound like I'm nit-picking, I think this is great, and it is more than anything I've ever done, but...
It seems like the cab would shade some of the panel when its parked. If I bought one of these, I'd move the hinge to the right side of the bed, so when its parked the entire panel would get the max sunshine, and the drivers side would be the access to raise and lower it. Just a thought.
This car is awesome.. I would like to have one of those.
Don't want to park in the shade though.. =)