Okay - I've been learning tons here, and playing with e-scooter and e-bike hacks for the kids to get my feet wet. Y'all convinced me that my good 'ol truck was a bad candidate for an E-vehicle commuter - too heavy for the range I needed.
I traded my brother a push-mower (not even self-propelled), for his purchased-new '91 Accord. 211K miles; he's kept it in good mechanical and interior shape, but it's been outside his garage for a few years as newer Hondas have taken over. Everything works, drives nicely at 30 mpg; 5-SP manual should be handy.
I'm thinking something like the EMC motor and Curtis controller combo from Electric Motorsport - the 85HP max for acceleration should be fine; 35 HP continous should let me Interstate cruise at 70.http://www.electricmotorsport.com/store ... curtis.php
Batteries will be Iron-phosphate; we're finally getting into some at work and have a long association with BYD.
I'll likely drive the car for a month or so to check and fix whatever needs it, and get an operating cost baseline. Probably get it repainted.
I believe the conversion should be easy - my only real questions deal with power for the AC compressor, a vacuum pump for the brake master, and the right DC/DC for the normal accessories. There are three Accords listed in the national registry of vehicles.
I plan to detail the build here, including all my mis-steps as I learn how to do this. I'm more comfortable with scooters at this point - here's "Fattie", one I'm building now for my son that will let us try lots of batttery and motor combinations -