|Location||Houston, Texas US map|
|Vehicle||2002 Chevrolet S-10 |
|Motor||Advanced DC FB-4001A Series Wound DC|
Speed sensor to be installed on front
|Controller||DC Power Systems Raptor 1200|
|Batteries||13 Deka GC12v, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
Plus one Optima Blue Top to power the
[Note: The pictures show my previous pack.]
|System Voltage||156 Volts|
|Heater||Ambient heat is quite sufficient, thank |
|DC/DC Converter||Iota 45 amp|
96-180 VDC in, 12 VDC out
|Instrumentation||Link 10, voltmeter, and two ammeters.|
|Top Speed||60 MPH (96 KPH)|
Do I smoke any 'Vettes?
But I keep up with traffic... and this
is a good thing.
|Acceleration||I get up to speed just fine.|
|Range||35 Miles (56 Kilometers)|
My range GOAL is 25 to 35 miles on a
-- I'm assuming a 50% Depth of
Discharge on the batteries
-- I will be charging at work... just
to add a little extra juice.
Here's the math that I used -- with
various assumptions about watt-hrs per
ah = amp hours at the C20 rate
1hr = 1 hour Peukert correction factor
((# of batteries x voltage x C20 ah x
50% DOD x Peukert correction for 1hr
discharge) divided by watt-hours per
(26 x 6 x 216 x .5 x .57)/250 = 38.41
(26 x 6 x 216 x .5 x .57)/300 = 32.01
(26 x 6 x 216 x .5 x .57)/350 = 27.44
|Watt Hours/Mile||250 Wh/Mile |
This is an estimate. Haven't hooked up the
|Seating Capacity||2 adults|
|Curb Weight||3,016 Pounds (1,370 Kilograms)|
GVWR is 4200 lbs.
I weighed in BEFORE pulling out the
engine, fuel tank, and related items:
I weighed in AFTER pulling out
everything: 2600 lbs.
|Tires||Yokohama Geolandars. Great light-truck |
tires to support the weight.
|Conversion Time||1.5 years.|
|Conversion Cost||Estimating around $23,000, which |
includes $6,200 for the truck purchase.
|Additional Features||General Electric 180vdc motor to run the A/C compressor. |
2002 Toyota MR2 Spyder power steering pump.
Flow-Rite battery watering system.
Monroe coil-over shocks in the rear.
|November 15, 2009: Installed PowerPulse desulfators on the battery pack.|
Hopefully, they will make my pack last longer. (Love those blinking lights.)
Also installed a knife switch on each one so they can be taken out of the circuit when the batts are being charged.
October 19, 2009: Drivin' to work now... and today, I got
onto the freeway for the first time.
What can I tell 'ya? It's a beautiful world.
April 20, 2009: The MR2 power steering pump is fabulous.
Very quiet, and it works like a charm.
January 27, 2009: I'm rolling! Got an inspection sticker,
August 30, 2008: Last night -- at 4:30 in the morning --
the truck rolled under its own power for the first time.
YAHOO!! (And I don't mean "dot com".)
We did some temporary wiring things just to get it up my
steep driveway and into the garage... BUT! -- before we
put our tools away, we took the truck for a spin around
What an experience. Can't wait to finish up the remaining
items on my to-do list and take this vehicle for a longer
drive next time.
So why am I doing this? Well, all the usual reasons
(environmental, dependency on oil, etc.)... plus one
The August 2007 issue of Wired Magazine had an interview
with my favorite DIY Philosopher -- Martha Stewart. She
made a comment worth remembering...
[WIRED MAGAZINE INTERVIEWER:]
One reason people like projects is because they get a
sense of control over their environment and technology.
It gives them ownership.
That's why I say, "You own it if you made it." You don't
own the pie if you buy it. You just don't. Doing projects
really gives people self-confidence. Nothing is better
than taking the pie out of the oven. What it does for you
personally, and for your family's idea of you, is
something you can't buy.