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Hi... I have pretty much no understanding about EV's But would like to ask a question. Is it possible to build the frame out of PVC? I realize that this may sound crazy, but I have no idea how to weld. My goal is to eventually have a vehicle that can cruise at 55mph and have a distance of about 50 miles. Take into considering I weigh 250 (but I'm trying to lose pounds)

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Sounds dangerous. Even a through -bolted frame of metal would be safer.
Given your ambitions learning to weld is a small investment.
I wouldn't use pvc for anything more than a bike trailer.
 
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Hi William. Thanks for the reply. I was thinking that it might be dangerous because it would be so light.
I might be able to get into a welding class at one of the community colleges. I'm going to check and see.
I started out thinking of aluminum, but then I heard that it was expensive. Sadly, I don't have a lot of money.

Can you share some ideas about basic frame concepts?

thanks

William Bronson wrote: Sounds dangerous. Even a through -bolted frame of metal would be safer.
Given your ambitions learning to weld is a small investment.
I wouldn't use pvc for anything more than a bike trailer.
 
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William... I was trying to up your points for answering my question, but it seems like it lowered it. I apologize. I won't do that again until I find out how to give positive ratings.
 
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No worries , I don't keep track!
As for frames, I have no experience, but for most things I build I scavenge pre-engineered items. For example I am using a scraped electric oven as the chamber of my wood fired oven, rather than re-invent the wheel.
You might want to source the carcass of a very small car, like a miata, strip that down and rebuild it
 
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Hey... looks like you got your points back That's a great idea with the oven. That's also a great idea about about finding a small car and building it up from the main chassis. Would save me a LOT of work. Shouldn't I be able to change the looks of the vehicle by doing a little welding in certain areas? I found out that the local community college has a welding class. Being able to weld would certainly make my life easier. Thanks for the idea!

William Bronson wrote: No worries , I don't keep track!
As for frames, I have no experience, but for most things I build I scavenge pre-engineered items. For example I am using a scraped electric oven as the chamber of my wood fired oven, rather than re-invent the wheel.
You might want to source the carcass of a very small car, like a miata, strip that down and rebuild it
 
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