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 Posted: Feb 25, 2021 11:29AM
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Few updates. Front clip is 95% mocked up. Heading to the shop, next up, get some color on the shell and slip this puppy in there.

 Posted: Feb 4, 2021 07:17AM
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That would be great! 

 Posted: Feb 3, 2021 11:42AM
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I'm starting to wonder if I should start a separate build thread at some point? Or not. 

 Posted: Jan 30, 2021 02:31PM
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very nice indeed

 Posted: Jan 27, 2021 12:17PM
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Finally milled my own adapter plate and hub adapter. Much better then the available cast aluminum unit. Bit sexier as well. Parts are slowly trickling in. Hope to have the trans bolted to motor early next week, and new motor mount from laser cutter here for final assembly of the front unit. Battery enclosures coming soon as well. 

 Posted: Jan 15, 2021 10:10AM
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Moment Motors used a B series transmission. So even the best B scenario is similar to the worst D transmission in a lot of ways. I am curious if they put a custom final drive in or not. The 3.25 Final drive of the D will offer usable gears. Besides, you can still tailor the torque curve of the motor with the controller. I know you can limit the overall power with the controller, I have to dig in and see if you can tailor it more like a gas motor if that makes sense... so your not 200 torque right out the gate. 

 Posted: Jan 15, 2021 06:18AM
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Yes, first and second gears may be of limited value, even with the LSD...but once the tires stop spinning I would think the car will feel a bit more balanced front to back. 

 Posted: Jan 14, 2021 03:03PM
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Driven normally it handle like any mini. You'll have less pitching & less bounciness. Driven hard you'll have massive understeer. Motor will overpower the tires.

 Posted: Jan 14, 2021 02:37PM
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I'm hoping the more even weight distribution between front and rear makes the car handle even better, if that is possible...

 Posted: Jan 14, 2021 08:05AM
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I think the mini will ride better with slight weight gain. My cabriolet rides really nice with added weight.

I remember being at the resort in Dorato, PR. Using an electric golf cart was so much fun. 

 Posted: Jan 13, 2021 02:56PM
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I got the rough motor mount/controller mount mocked up this morning, and now pushing on with design 2 to sexy it up a bit. Gussets are not shown in this shot, but pretty happy with it. Shell is in primer as of last week, pushing on with K-series powered mini that is getting painted this week, then I'll get on with the EV shell as the parts are just starting to trickle in now. 

 Posted: Jan 13, 2021 02:39PM
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John, I was referring to Veggivet's Moment build. That company starts from 50K going to 150k. I like the idea immensely. The question will be how the EV mini price holds up in the secondary market

 Posted: Jan 13, 2021 01:33PM
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50 large plus seems an awful lot for a motor upgrade. 
Not sure where you are getting $50k from, unless your talking about that particular builder on there faq page stating that conversions start at $50k you supply the car. Generally labor is $10k-15k. Parts are parts. Regardless, with EV West charging $100k with a 4 to 5 year waiting list... Few builders I spoke to are building classic cars outright, buying, restoring, converting, $120k+ average selling point in the USA. It doesn't make sense to me, but that's where the market is right now. However, on the other side of things, people buying wrecked leafs, etc and re-using and re-engineering it to work with a classic car are doing it for a total of $10-12k on the lowside, with mixed results on the end product. So there are a lot of variables of what you want the finished product to be. It's not cheap by any means, but it is a interesting concept. 

 Posted: Jan 13, 2021 09:20AM
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50 large plus seems an awful lot for a motor upgrade. 

 Posted: Jan 10, 2021 05:08PM
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Quiet indeed! Looking forward to ditching my earplugs ??

 Posted: Jan 10, 2021 09:38AM
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I'm guessing with so few people actually using their minis as daily drivers, charging would not be a. major concern. It's gotta be a real quiet. Gone will be the 4 cylinder hiccups.

 Posted: Jan 8, 2021 09:39AM
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I'm not sure what your considering fast charge (Only Tesla Chargers), I still think the Level 2 chargers at 240V/6.6kw of AC power is fast enough charge, better then Level 1 for sure. This power output translates to 26 miles of range per hour. We are roughly talking from dead at 20% that it would take 3 to 4 hours to fully charge the Mini.  

 Posted: Jan 8, 2021 05:24AM
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Without fast charging is an achilles' heel. I remember owning a diesel; you had to know all the diesel filling stations. What about the other automotive companies selling EVs? Still an interesting build.

 Posted: Jan 4, 2021 10:43AM
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Will Tesla let you fast charge?
From my understanding... NO. Vin has to sync up with charger for it to work basically. People tried to do a work around, but Tesla owners also would heavily frown upon it, as well as Tesla itself. But any level 1 or better level 2 charger at numerous locations would do the job. I mapped them out a few weeks ago to just see where they are in my area. Walgreens, community college, various gas stations, supermarkets, etc. Didn't seem too cumbersome, and I know the network will grow as time moves on and there is more demand. Regardless it really depends on your use. Running to grocery store, work etc this would get most people back and forth. Extended road trips obviously would take some planning, but there is Apps for that, maps, etc.

 Posted: Jan 4, 2021 10:15AM
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Will Tesla let you fast charge?

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