OwnerFrank John
Owner's Other EVs1974 Harley Davidson Aermacchi
1976 Suzuki GT550
LocationBrooklin, Maine United States map
Vehicle1994 Toyota Pickup
A friend offered me this on the cheap when it blew a head gasket at almost 200K miles. It's a "Maine" truck i.e. it's survived quite a few winters but with typical Toyota quality is pretty sound structurally.
MotorAdvanced DC 9 Series Wound DC
Clutch-less conversion
Drivetrain5-Speed manual, 2WD
ControllerCurtis 1231-86C
500 Amp
Batteries20 Trojan T-125, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Standard 120 VDC nominal battery pack. Battery boxes similar to the S-10 conversions: 16 in back and 4 in front. 1" foam insulation all around.
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC-30
Heater96 volt PTC type from Canadian EV installed
Instrumentationammeter, voltmeter, speedo, E-Meter
Top Speed60 MPH (96 KPH)
Don't really know - I've cruised at 50+ mph.
AccelerationPretty leisurely - good snap off the line but it's a lead sled!
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
About 40 miles usable range: have gone 30+ miles no problem in cool/cold weather using the heater.
Watt Hours/Mile350 Wh/Mile
Just ran 17 miles at 25-F (using the heater) @ 310 DC wh/mi. Speed was 35-45 mph.

A.C. Whr/Mile varies around 400 - no highway use, mostly 40-45 mph; can get 250 A.C. Whr/Mile in summer weather
EV Miles
Start:198,991 Miles (320,176 Kilometers)
Current:200,700 Miles (322,926 Kilometers)
Total:1,709 Miles (2,749 Kilometers)
    As of 10/15/2008
Seating Capacity3 adults, 2 comfortably
Curb Weight3,750 Pounds (1,704 Kilograms)
estimated but I weighed parts taking them out and I think this is pretty close
Tires14" Jetzon Innovations; nice riding and seem to roll fairly well
Conversion Time8 mos.
Conversion Cost~$8K
Additional FeaturesI used air-bags on the rear suspension for added load capacity. Heavy-duty shock absorbers were installed front and back. Hawk heavy-duty brake pads will be installed on the front.
The stock pickup bed is rusted underneath where the hinges would have to go (in order to access the batteries). I decided it would be easier, lighter, cheaper to build a flatbed. The one on it now is heavier than it needs to be and hope to build some type of aero "shell" at a later date.

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