OwnerRod Dilkes
Owner's Other EV2003 Proton Jumback GLSi
LocationMargaret River, Western Australia Australia map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1989 Suzuki Mighty Boy
The worlds smallest ute!
MotorAdvanced DC 8 inch Series Wound DC
Overpowered really, an X motor would have been fine. Supplied by Michael Symons, a true EV Pioneer and all round good bloke.
DrivetrainFront Wheel Drive, 4 speed gearbox, no clutch.
Pulls away from a standstill in 4th quite nicely. For quick start 3rd can be selected.
ControllerKelly KDH14650
Kelly programmable controller, modest performance at 144V.
Batteries45 Thunder Sky LFP90AHA, 144.00 Volt, Lithium-Ion
The first car in Australia to use LiFePO4 batteries. Still going too!
Battery management system is my own design. Simple,low cost and effective.
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerElcon Custom 144V for LFP batteries
240V input 15A
DC/DC ConverterMeanwell 36Amp 144V
Great converter, I don't require an auxiliary battery.
InstrumentationAmmeter(0-500A), Voltmeter(90-200V), Tachometer, Voltmeter (0-20V), TBS E-xpert Pro Battery monitor
Top Speed60 MPH (96 KPH)
Best cruising speed is 80kmh.
AccelerationModest with the Kelly. Used to be better with the Curtis 1231C but the squealing got too much for me.
Range45 Miles (72 Kilometers)
60km range, adequate for my daily driving.
Watt Hours/Mile200 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:169,214 Miles (272,265 Kilometers)
Current:200,000 Miles (321,800 Kilometers)
Total:30,786 Miles (49,534 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight0
TiresMichelin low rolling resistance
Conversion Time6 months
Conversion CostWho cares?
The EV grin is worth it!
Additional FeaturesThis car is the first car in Australia to use Thunder Sky LiFePO4 batteries. It marks the start of the LiFePO4 EV revolution.

The original battery management system was designed and built by me. Initial installation in March 2007. Several iterations since.
This vehicle is road registered in Australia.
Sold it in 2010 to build the Proton. The new owner still drives it.

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