|Owner's Other EV||1985 Pontiac Fiero|
|Location||South Bend, Indiana US map|
|Vehicle||1999 Huffy Stone Mountain |
My first (miserable) attempt at a battery powered vehicle.
|Motor||Golden Motors 500 watt Brushless DC|
|Drivetrain||The motor is direct drive. The pedals are hooked into 18 speeds. It helps a lot if you pedal.|
|Controller||Golden Motors |
Brushless DC converter
|Batteries||3, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Gel|
10 AH, obtained cheap from Ebay.
NEW: Obtained 30 NiMH D batteries which are wired in series. They are also rated at 10 AH. They are arranged in the battery box above the lead-acid batteries. The two banks are isolated from one another using a bridge rectifier. Total system voltage is still 36, but the capacity is theoretically doubled.
|System Voltage||36 Volts|
supplied with kit
|Instrumentation||GPS for speed and distance verification.|
|Top Speed||17 MPH (27 KPH)|
Too fast for this frame. (no shocks.) Scary on our country roads.
|Acceleration||Nice when the batteries are fresh. It will peel out. But you have to be careful; the breaker (15A) will trip if you're aggressive for very long.|
|Range||7 Miles (11 Kilometers)|
Actually it will go further, but carrying my heavy body around, it begins to sag around 7 miles. It isn't practical for anything other than going to our nearby library.
|Seating Capacity||1 adult|
|Curb Weight||85 Pounds (38 Kilograms)|
All up weight is 302#. Do the math to figure out my weight!
|Tires||standard mountain bike knobby tires, with "no flat" foam inner tube inserts|
|Conversion Time||a few hours|
|Conversion Cost||$320 for the conversion. The bicycle was donated.|
|Additional Features||The rack on the rear was borrowed from my French 10-speed. The battery box is an old plastic tool box I had lying around.|
|This was my first attempt at an electric vehicle. My other vehicle is a Fiero. It goes a lot faster and is a lot more comfortable. And it sucks down a lot more juice!|