Price of Change
I've had a lot of people wondering about the cost of this experience, both in parts and in labor. Well, I won't even try to guess at the price of labor: opting to say it was a labor of love or some other well worn cliche. As to costs of parts, well, I'll dig through my little basement office at home and see what I can dig up. This table will grow as I find and add more stuff. In the end you should probably add another $200-$300 for all those little trips to Radio Shack or Napa.
Unfortunately this isn't the EV I ended up with, as there isn't a regenerative Zapi H3 under the hood anymore, but a lower priced Curtis 1231C (about $1000) which doesn't need all of the expensive contactors I bought with the H3. I bet if I started this EV using the Curtis (which I'm not sure I'd do still, given the choice) the cost would be at least $1000 less. There were quite a few extra heavy duty connectors and cable to wire for the H3. In fact my next project for this summer is to cleanup and redo all of the wiring.
Would I do it again? You betcha!
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