First Hello to everyone! I've been silently surfing the forum for a while and after some thought, I joined because I need some good advice. I want to build an electric pusher trailer to use around town.
Here's the goals I've set for this project.
- Top speed of 30 mph
- 10 - 20 mile range
I haven't figured out the parts list though. Well I mean I know what I need to look for but I'm not sure if what I've figured out is effective enough for my needs which is where I am stumped and come seeking advice.
I was offered the rear axle off a golf car with engine included for $200. I figured if I could throw on two 15" steel wheels on it, grab a decent controller, and about eight 12v batteries, I could get somewhere. I haven't been able to do a whole lot of research because there honestly isn't much out on the net about this kinda thing.
So I guess my parts list is:
- Golf cart rear axle with electric motor
- Motor Controller
- Two 15 in steel wheels with tires
- Trailer arms (have em welded or bolted to the axle directly)
- Speakon 8 pole connector/coupling for easy cabling
- Throttle Switch - Electric atv-style thumb switch bolted to connected to
- Two Small Solar Panels
I also want to develop maybe a switch system? where I implement regenerative braking / tow the trailer and recharge the batteries as I go. I was lastly thinking about grabbing a couple of small solar panels that I could place on to of the battery case on the trailer that would also help them trickle charge.
Why do I do this?
It seems like a fun idea, I want to obtain better gas mileage and reduce my dependency on oil