I could not wait any longer for a ride, so I chopped the steering off of a Razor scooter and welded it to my neck assembly. The resulting frankenscooter feels very undersized, but it does go!
The new to-do items are as follows:
Increase available thrust
On a steep hill, the scooter does not quite perform as well as I would hope. I did not find a hill that stopped it, but on a ramp to a train platform, I experienced the scooter just barely maintaining speed at the rated motor current of 35A. I know the motor can handle 65A for short durations without de-magnetizing, but I'd prefer 50% more headroom.
Configure ESC for smoother control of braking and acceleration
The available torque, despite being inadequate for steep hills, can still produce a scary amount of acceleration given the present wheelbase. Wheelies are easy to produce. Ultimately, a slower turn-on of the current and a mapping to decrease sensitivity at the low end of the control would be easy improvements.
Either decrease the top speed target, or increase wheel diameter and wheelbase
I have only run with 6S (6 3.7V Li-Ion cells in series) configuration so far, which is half the voltage I was originally planning on. This produces roughly (not accounting for increased drag) half the speed on the flat as the planned 12S configuration would. The max speed is presently 11mph.
22mph would be too fast for this chassis, given how 11mph feels. I can either make it safer at speed or design for a lower speed. For now, I'm goitn to target 15mph, defer on increasing the size of wheels or the base and focus on maintaining 15mph on steep terrain.
Prioritize mounting the electronics
It is very cramped inside the frames with the batteries. I can't actually close the case as presently designed with both batteries and all the cables and connectors. I hope I can get away with just shortening leads up and re-arranging.
Here is what the front end adaptation looked like. My finest for sure.