Faced with a frustrating inability to purchase replacement battery cells, I've been considering short-term solutions to getting my Vectrix back on the road. Right now I can only ride a few miles before completely losing power, and I suspect it's due to only a single damaged cell.
Considering that there are 102 cells that each only provide about 1.3V, I'm thinking that a simple shunt across the damaged cell might do the trick. Overall range would certainly be less with 101 cells, but it should be considerably better than what I'm seeing now.
I should be able to create a bus bar shorting across the cell that could be easily bolted on top of the existing inter-cell bus connectors. My concern is that if the cell isn't totally depleted when I connect this shunt that I could cause heat (or an explosion) that would damage neighboring cells. Probably starting with a resistive shunt first makes sense, but what would be an appropriate resistor to use?