OwnerJoe Teeter
LocationGold Hill, North Carolina United States map
Vehicle1986 Volkswagen Golf
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainManual Transmission, clutchless
ControllerCurtis 1231C
Batteries12 Trojan T-1275, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
7 in rear hatch area, 5 under the hood
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
240 Volt, on board
HeaterPropane Catalytic primary, electric resistance backup
DC/DC ConverterAstrodyne SD-350
InstrumentationVoltmeter, Ammeter, Tachometer
Top Speed74 MPH (119 KPH)
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
That number reflects over half of the mileage at 55 mph. Higher speeds require more power.
Watt Hours/Mile0.40 Kw-Hr per mile
EV Miles
Start:99,900 Miles (160,739 Kilometers)
Current:106,663 Miles (171,620 Kilometers)
Total:6,763 Miles (10,881 Kilometers)
    As of 4/16/2009
Seating Capacity4 adults
TiresMichelin LX1
Conversion TimeI did most of it during my eight week summer vacation.
Conversion CostCar- $400, EV Conversion $6,700, Batteries $1,865
Additional FeaturesI modified the front of the car to provide more room for the batteries and to increase aerodynamics. That was not something in the original plan. However, when I ran out of room for the front batteries, it was a good solution to the problem. The front spoiler is made of sheet metal over the original bumper.
The car has worked perfectly as a commuter car.
I got my EV parts from Bob Batson of EV America.
He did a fantastic job of providing advice when it was needed.

Their great webpage will help you get started.

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