SparklingEngine removalMotor transplantLemonyEd Begley's old curtis
OwnerPeter Gabrielsson
LocationPasadena, California United States map
Vehicle1977 Fiat 124 Spider
Beautiful convertible car that was rescued from behind a dumpster where it had been sitting for six years soaking up nature. Tons of spider and structural spider webs were found in it.
MotorAdvanced DC 9.1 Inch Series Wound DC
9.1" advanced DC motor that was found in an old EV conversion shop in Monrovia when they changed locations. I bought two motors and a controller for $1500, sold one of the motors for $1200 and made a few hundred selling some other parts from the shop, so the motor and controller was practically free. Can't beat that price.
DrivetrainRear wheel drive car with 5 speed gearbox.
ControllerCurtis 1231C
This controller used to belong to Ed Beagle Jr. Don't know how it ended up in the aforementioned Ev shop.
Batteries7 Panasonic EV95, 144.00 Volt, Nickel-Metal Hydride
The NiMH are modules that a coworker rescued from the Honda EV plus program when he worked there.

Also have half a pack of experimental Li batteries
System Voltage144 Volts
Charger AV-3
3kw prototype charger
HeaterCalifornia sun!
DC/DC Converter Aztec pfc powersupply
Ebay find
Top Speed80 MPH (128 KPH)
Somewhere north of 80, really don't want to go faster in a fiat from 1977.
AccelerationPretty good
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
Mixed freeway/ surface street driving, lots of hills. Could probably go further if I babied it.
Watt Hours/Mile300 Wh/Mile
typical daily commute average
Seating Capacity2 adults plus 2 hobbits in the pretend back seat.
Curb Weight2,500 Pounds (1,136 Kilograms)
Conversion TimePlenty, and counting
Conversion CostNot to bad, most of the money has been spent on fixing up the donor car. Most of the EV components has been free.
Follow my conversion progress on my website,


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