This has been on my mind for the past few weeks. I am really considering buying a used vehicle with no engine, and replacing the guts with electric goodies to make it run. According to my calculations, assuming I drive 25 miles a day, I will be spending about $1k a year on gas. Plus motor oil, fuel filters, etc.
25 miles a day with an electric vehicle will cost me roughly 200 a year. Plus, there is no oil, fuel/air filters, oxygen sensor, etc.
So the conversion would pay itself off in probably 3-4 years.
I would keep my current Honda (gas) through it all, and use it for longer trips. Target range for any electric vehicle would be 50-75 miles on a charge. Plenty for normal, daily errands + commuting. Obviously not suitable for road trips.
I was wondering if anybody here has any experience with something like this. Or, has a good source for a 20-25HP brushless DC motor.