Awesome Power Plant
OwnerJim Sander
LocationSeattle, Washington United States map
Vehicle1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle
MotorD&D Motor Systems, Inc. Series Wound DC
DrivetrainOriginal 4 speed transaxle, rear wheel drive.
ControllerAlltrax AXE-7245
Batteries9, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
72 volt seems under powered and the bare minimum. I will likely upgrade in the future
System Voltage72 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge
HeaterCheesy 12 volt defroster
DC/DC Converter
12 volt battery
InstrumentationAmmeter, 150 Volt Meter, 12 volt meter
Top Speed47 MPH (75 KPH)
Still breaking it in. I think with some tinkering with the linkage it will go faster. Hills really suck.
Range28 Miles (45 Kilometers)
I've never run it into the ground so any absolute figure is impossible. My best guess is 26-28 miles. I live in West Seattle which is all hills and that skews the range.
Seating Capacity4 humans
Curb Weight0
Lead acid batteries are like driving with a heiffer in the back seat.
Conversion Time2 months
Conversion Cost+/- 3500.00
I am not a mechanic. I began this project because I was angry about oil, the Iraq war, pollution and the general greed of the oil/automotive industries. What I discovered was that it wasn't as hard or as expensive as I thought it would be. When I took my 85 year old dad out on the first test run he turned to me and said, almost sadly: " They've been pulling the wool over our eyes for years haven't they?"

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