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|As you can see, it has a motor - which is actually intended for an electric scooter. It came from a company called TLC who have a chain of electrical trade counters as a spare for a scooter they sell. Best of all, it was only about 16 quid!|
|The motor has a
plated power rating of 200w nominal. It has a chain drive - sprockets supplied
by HPC with a ratio of about 6:1 driving a 100mm diameter wheel.
This gives a top speed of about 12mph with decent hill climbing ability. It is powered from two 7Ah lead acid batteries carried in a back pack and uses a 4QD Uni8 Speed controller to regulate the speed.
|I built this hand
throttle - there did not seem to be any ready made, least that I could afford!
This seems to work pretty well. The speed controller includes regenerative
braking which is VERY effective. If you let go of the throttle to quick
- suddenly you'll be flying through the air towards those prickly bushes!
Despite a few prickly bushes experiences - this has been a lot of fun. I have to thank Guy Radford at this point for being my test pilot for a lot of the 'less safe' vehicles!