OwnerGregory Sachs
LocationHarrisonburg, Virginia United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1980 Chevrolet Monza
Two door hatchback, no power steering, no power brakes.
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainRear wheel drive, four speed manual transmission (from a Pinto... long story).
ControllerCurtis 1231C-7701
I can live with the startup noise--I just wish I had regen!
Batteries10 Genesis NP100-12, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
These are sealed lead-acid batteries.
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerDeltran Power Tender Plus
Stay away from these chargers! Deltran will not honor the warranty. I've had problems with the fuse holders melting, probably due to bad crimp connections.

I have one charger per battery, which gives each battery the correct charge each time without a complicated charge balancing system. The system works well, but I'd recommend staying away from Deltran!
Heater120V ceramic
DC/DC Converter
No DC/DC converter--I have a 55Ah AGM battery for the 12V system. The only trouble I have is with slow turn signals when using lights and/or wipers.
InstrumentationAmmeter, Volt-meter
Top Speed75 MPH (120 KPH)
I haven't tried to go faster, but I think I could--I have some drive train vibration to eliminate first.
AccelerationNot timed, but certainly adequate.
Range25 Miles (40 Kilometers)
Twenty-five miles is the maximum I've gotten on a
charge. Cold weather and a few years on the batteries
reduces range, but it still works for trips downtown.
EV Miles
Start:169,900 Miles (273,369 Kilometers)
Current:173,800 Miles (279,644 Kilometers)
Total:3,900 Miles (6,275 Kilometers)
    As of 4/10/2008
Seating Capacity4 adults
Conversion Cost$6632

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