> And if Solectria don't want to use liquid cooled nicads, they needn't --
> the batteries are available in an air-cooled version, which requires a
> half-inch of space between the long sides of the batteries and fans in
> the battery boxes. This is ~not~ a big deal.
I'm about to start the process of converting our 156V lead-acid Force to
nicads. I'm going to leverage Solectria's knowledge of nicads to get the
job done efficiently. I'll keep all of you posted...
> One thing you might consider is a search for a used Force. Some of the
> electric utilities that bought them in the early to mid 90s are now
> replacing them with RAV/4-EVs and the like. You might even be able to
> find a nicad Force.
> Tom Hudson bought his '95 E-10 pickup this way, I think. Or maybe it was
> a government agency. Tom, any suggestions?
I got mine from a General Services Administration (GSA) auction, but I was
tipped off to the vehicle by Solectria. I told them I was looking for a
used E-10 pickup, and they told me about the one I eventually bought. I
don't know if the government has any more of them that will be disposed of,
but you can get on email lists of disposal property. I got mine from the
Pacific Rim Region GSA office, their website is
Just follow the link
to the sales schedule and catalogs.
-- Our Electric Vehicles
-- Solar Power
-- Solectria Owners Website