Re: Searching for Parts
I'm not sure this is the best place to pursue your hobby. Let me suggest visiting some of the Electric Vehicle forums that may have a better list of parts and equipment.
Now if you already have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, there is a company that sells an after-market kit that puts a powerful electric motor and controller in the propeller shaft. But their interest is more in augmenting an existing gas-only vehicle to give is a limited EV-hybrid mode.
As for batteries and controllers, again you'll find a better source in the Electric Vehicle forums.
Perhaps you might give a clue as to the actual vehicle weight and performance you're after. If I were doing it, I would probably start with a front wheel drive vehicle that I could gut the ICE and provide direct drive from an electric motor. I would also replace the rear axle with a motor driven, limited-slip differential. But most of all, I would pay attention to the vehicle mass and maximum power that can drawn from the battery and controller assembly. This dictates the maximum acceleration, especially if a 5th wheel and controls are used to detect tire slip.
As for the gas-engine and generator, this is pretty straight forward. You'll need some care to handle balancing but that should be fairly straight forward.
Personally, I think the right answer is to get a 'run out' Honda Insight. This will give you a minimum weight body that looks 'unassuming.' Then do the motors and control systems and you'll have a silent, road warrior.
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