|Location||Chapel Hill, North Carolina US map|
|Vehicle||1996 Ford Ranger|
|Motor||Advanced DC Series Wound DC|
20 HP, 9 inch model
|Drivetrain||Clutchless 5-speed manual|
|Controller||Zapi 500 Amp|
This 500 Amp control comes complete with diagnostic console
|Batteries||16 Trojan T-145, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
Pack weighs 1152 lbs.
|System Voltage||96 Volts|
|Charger||K and W BC 20|
Mounted in the dashboard where the passenger airbag used to be. Uses 110v input, can be adjusted up to 20 amps.
|Heater||Ceramic 12v defroster|
|DC/DC Converter||Meanwell SD-350D-12|
The converter keeps the auxiliary battery charged.
|Instrumentation||The controller's digital console is mounted near the driver. It shows motor volts, motor amps, and battery pack volts. A Magellan GPS supplies speed and miles driven.|
|Top Speed||65 MPH (104 KPH)|
|Range||35 Miles (56 Kilometers)|
Estimated with hills mostly at 45 mph with some stop and go.
|Watt Hours/Mile||600 Wh/Mile |
Based on the hours of charging needed after an average commute (hills, stop and go).
|Seating Capacity||2 adults|
|Curb Weight||3,875 Pounds (1,761 Kilograms)|
|Tires||Cooper Cobra Radial P225/70R14|
|Conversion Time||Topsail High School, under the direction of Steve Garrett (www.kickngas.org), converted the truck over the course of the 2000-2001 school year. Since then it's been modified and updated several times. I bought it from the school in June 2009.|
|Conversion Cost||$6,000 not including some donated parts and service for the original conversion.|
|Additional Features||The bed tilts up for battery access. A cable next to the steering wheel is connected to the battery pack's Anderson disconnect under the hood for emergencies.|
Anderson Safety Disconnect
|This truck has won numerous awards at school competitions such as the EV Challenge/SMARTT Challenge (see smarttchallenge.com).|