Under the hoodShaft couplerMotor and transaxleFairly clean installationRear batteriesAlternative Energy Fair 2008Ruby and the Teslas
OwnerMike Workman
Owner's Other EV1996 Harley Davidson Sportster
LocationTumwater, Washington United States map
Vehicle1995 Nissan GXE
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
9 inch diameter double shaft
DrivetrainFront wheel drive, original 5 speed manual
transaxle. (Now Clutchless)
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla Z1
Z1K-HV 300 volt max
Batteries12 Trojan T-1275, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
150 Ah
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerDual Pro Four Bank SE
(3 each) 3 stage 10 Amp
Heater1500 watt ceramic
DC/DC ConverterIota DLS 55
55 Amp 13.6 volt
InstrumentationMotor Amps are displayed on the orignal dash
tachometer via one of the Zilla "hairball"
outputs. Battery amps, volts and
Ah used are shown on EV-3 Battery Manager
( A Pak-Traker is also used for occasional
battery diagnostics.)
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
AccelerationLike my old '67 VW bug.
0-40 approx. 19 sec. (200 battery amps)
0-40 approx. 12 sec. (300 battery amps)
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
30 miles equals a 60% state of charge.
Watt Hours/Mile288 Wh/Mile
Average recharge measured with a "Killawatt"
meter. 630 wh/m includes running with
headlights, fan/heater and wipers. Charges at
about 525 wh/m during nicer weather driving.
Battery manager displays about 2Ah/mile or
approx. 288 Wh/mile while on the road.
EV Miles
Start:134,040 Miles (215,670 Kilometers)
Current:15 Miles (24 Kilometers)
Total:-134,025 Miles (-215,646 Kilometers)
    As of 2/18/2018
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight3,432 Pounds (1,559 Kilograms)
GVWR 4047 lbs. (old curb 2853 lbs.)
Conversion Timeapprox. 260 hours thus far
Conversion Costapprox. $10,750
Additional FeaturesPower Brakes. Battery heaters. Custom rear coil springs.
Permanently mounted battery desulfator. "Valet" switch to change
between Economy and Performance modes. (Still working on power
Brief runs on the freeway proves she will do more than 70mph. At
10,000 miles I swapped out a couple batteries that began to show
weakness. At 14,500 miles, swapped out the last of the original
batteries. The car isn't worth a damn in the snow! Even with the
custom rear suspension, the overall balance is light on the front
end. (UPDATE 2/18/2018 About 4 years ago, the motor coupler splines
sheered off at 15,221 miles. Vehicle has been decommissioned. I'm
saving up for a Lithium conversion and AC drive some day.)

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