Buge BodyUnder ConstructionBefore DecalsFront DecalRearFrontPlateToe-in adjustment Jig
OwnerDon Bushee
LocationEl Sobrante, California United States map
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Vehicle2007 Blue Sky Design BugE
3 wheel electric motorcycle kit from Blue Sky Design
MotorAdvanced DC 140-01-4005 Series Wound DC
5.5" ADC series DC motor, not reversible
DrivetrainDirect chain drive
ControllerAlltrax CT1937
24-48 volt 300 amp
Batteries4 Optima D34M, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
System Voltage48 Volts
ChargerSoneil CH5323
110 volt 48 volt Charger
2 each @ 3.5 amps for total of 7.0 amps
DC/DC ConverterSevcon DC2430
36 to 48 VDC Input, 25 amp, 13.5 VDC Output, fully isolated

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Dimensions: 7.5 " long by 2.8" wide by by 1.6" high
InstrumentationPack Voltmeter, Drain-Brain, PakTrakr, Norm's Paktrakr Display add-on WebPage />
Top Speed52 MPH (83 KPH)
see other BugE entries for details
AccelerationGood enough
Range20 Miles (32 Kilometers)
EV Miles
Current:500 Miles (804 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity1 adult
Curb Weight385 Pounds (175 Kilograms)
Weight with batteries but not the driver
TiresFront: 2.25" wide, 16" diameter
Rear: 3.00" wide, 16" diameter
Conversion TimeTNTC (Too Numerous To Count)
Conversion Cost~7200.00
BugE progress is complete.

Latest update is:
I had a 2-door hatchback with a V6 gasoline engine getting 18 MPG, and when the cost to fill the tank hit $50.00, I wanted an alternative.
I have recently purchased the Fiat, so fuel savings is no longer an issue.
I would sell for $2500.00.
Another option is to donate to 501(c) (3) Non-Profit and take the tax write-off.
One thought I had was some High school or College automotive or Green / Solar Electrical class and have it be a project to upgrade from current 48 volt Lead Acid battery system to a Lithium Battery system which would decrease weight and increase range.
I would also be willing to donate $500.00 in cash to assist in purchasing components if a deal were worked out with a Non-Profit providing a receipt to allow me to take a reasonable write-off. One problem is coming up with a legitimate Blue Book Value for a vehicle of this type.

Vehicle is licensed, insured, and can be test-driven by a serious interested party.
I had minor cosmetic shipping damage to fiberglass body, but have not yet looked for a fiberglass shop to repair inexpensively.
I am successfully commuting to work and back without recharging (16.4 miles round trip).
Vehicle is now fully licensed (CHP assigned a VIN #)

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