|Location||Fort Collins, Colorado US map|
|Vehicle||1966 MG Midget|
|Motor||Warfield Impulse 9 Series Wound DC|
9" series wound dc motor
|Drivetrain||4 speed manual,no clutch |
|Controller||Cafe Electric Zilla Z1|
|Batteries||38 CALB/Skyenergy 100AH, 3.60 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate|
8/6/09 BATTERIES ARE LEAVING CHINA NEXT WEEK
10/10/09 Batteries are here!
|System Voltage||120 Volts|
Chinoz water proof PFC 8A
Charger is very simple to use and does a nice job charging the
|DC/DC Converter||Iota DLS 45|
BATTERY CHARGER FOR RV - ALSO WORKS AS A DC-DC
|Instrumentation||Laptop with Zilla Config running|
Lithiumate lite BMS drives a standard fuel gauge for battery SOC
|Top Speed||90 MPH (144 KPH)|
Have gone 90 MPH with more to go.
|Acceleration||Under full acceleration this car will spin the tires in second gear. |
Never had it running with the gas engine but am sure that the
electric out performs that.
|Range||50 Miles (80 Kilometers)|
|Seating Capacity||2 adults|
|Curb Weight||1,650 Pounds (749 Kilograms)|
Completed EV weight
|Conversion Time||Have been slowly working on this for about 4 years - is now my |
daily driver to work.
|Conversion Cost||$700 car|
$1,975 Zilla controller
$425 motor adapter
|4/6/08 Now that the motor is in the car and i have brakes that work, i decided to go for a spin |
around the block. So i grabbed my jumper cables and the marine battery out of my boat..... I think
i could have walked faster but i still got a kick out of it.
5/14/08 It is starting to look liike a car! The fenders are on. The potbox is in and hooked to the
I was able t make a tach sensor using a hall effect sensor from Digi-Key and some magnets. In
neutral with 12v my motor spins 1600RPM.
Last night i started buliding the rear battery box.
8/6/09 batteries are due to ship from china next week
10/10/09 Batteries have arrived, charger has been ordered. Car is primered and almost ready for
9/1/10 After a long delay I have painted the Midget. All batteries and charger is in. This car is a
little rocket! I still need a few small parts for the car to finish assembly, but will soon be on the
6/10/11 I now have temp tags on the car and have been driving to work for a week. To register as
an EV in CO I have to get a VIN verification, get the car weight, and bring all of my conversion
receipts to the DMV. The car has been preforming as well as expected except that the Zilla is
overheating and limiting my power for the last few miles of my trip from work. This week I will get
the water cooling hooked up to the controller. I am having to carefully monitor the end of charge
to not overcharge any of my batteries.
8/15/11 I have 500 ev miles on the car with no powertrain problems. Went to replace front brakes
and found entire front suspension is in bad shape. Car is down until suspension can be rebuilt.
5/17/12 I have recently installed a BMS to fully automate the charge cycle and keep my pack
safe. The MG now has about 3000 EV miles and has required no major maintence on any of the