|Owner's Other EV||1973 BMW Slash Five|
|Location||Colorado Springs, Colorado US map|
|Vehicle||1972 Volkswagen VW Van |
120 volt DC drive EV.
|Motor||Advanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC|
9 inch diameter motor
Weighs 143 lbs
|Drivetrain||Standard VW manual transaxle|
|Batteries||10 Deka AH marine/RV, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
ust replaced the old battery pack (August-2010)
|System Voltage||120 Volts|
Lester Charger 110vac/220vac input, 120volts DC output. The 220VAC
setting really pounds the amp-hours into the battery pack, brings up an
almost discharged pack to "full" in three hours or so!
|Heater||None at this time, I have a small "milk shed" portable heater to adapt to |
the front cabin of the van. This will take 120 VDC off the drive pack. I
also have a 12 volt plug in "defroster unit" from Harbor Freight that
does take the frost off the inside windshield nicely. As I ride a
motorcycle in the Colorado winters, I'm just happy to be riding in an
|DC/DC Converter|| None at this time|
I run the accessory battery as a "dead loss" set up. I have a one-amp
solar PV panel on the van roof to keep it charged. I also "top off" using
a 12 volt charger.
|Instrumentation||120 volt meter (the "gas guage"), 12 volt meter to monitor accessory |
battery, ammeter ("power meter") reading off a shunt in motor drive
|Top Speed||55 MPH (88 KPH)|
Runs very smoothly!
|Acceleration||Good, but REALLY pulls the amps!|
|Range||40 Miles (64 Kilometers)|
That's with a fresh, fully charged set of batteries. After a year of
operation, I'm down to 20 miles of range. (Still adequate for most trips
|Seating Capacity||Two in front seats. Three more in the rear seat. The five batteries in the |
rear compartment are covered with a wooden bench seat. The original
three pairs of seatbelts are still in place.
Unknown at this time
|Tires||Nothing special - what came with the van.|
|Conversion Time||September 2007 to March 2008.|
Just about all mechanical/electrical work is done.
|Conversion Cost||$5,000 for the van|
about $6,300 for EV parts
|I purchased the van from a woman in the Aspen area in Colorado. I purchased all my EV components |
from Bob at EV America, in Wolfsboro, New Hampshire.
I cannot say enough about his friendly, knowledgeable and helpful manner! "Held my hand" when
needed, very supportive of my first full-scale EV conversion project
In 2015, I sold the van to a nice couple in San Antonio. It was time to renew the batteries and I just
could not afford to do it. They came up with a tow rig, took it back and had it driving around in a
couple of days! Sorry to see it go but it has a nice, new home!
I also have a three-wheeled motorcycle EV. See 1094 for that one!