|Owner's Other EV||1975 Porsche 914|
|Location||Portland, Oregon US map|
|Vehicle||1992 Honda Civic DX |
|Motor||Netgain Warp9 Series Wound DC|
double shaft with Zolox sensor mounted on tail.
|Drivetrain||Manual Transmission, standard D15B7 engine|
|Controller|| Synkromotive DC-700|
This is a Beta Test unit from Synkromotive that uses the factory TPS from the Civic and a Kilovac contactor.
|Batteries||12 Concorde GPL 31-T, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM|
The car can take any 12V group-31 AGM batteries, so perhaps I'll try Odyssey PC2150s in the future.
|System Voltage||144 Volts|
|Charger||Belktronix Gen 1.5|
Charger is part of the Belktronix holistic system. It runs off 120V AC and pulls 1200 watts. The Batmon circuits at each battery equalize charge and tell the charger when to taper off. I highly recommend purchasing a Gen 2.0 system if you decide to buy a Belktronix charging system.
|Heater||none anticipated due to global warming. Will wear a heavy sweater in winter.|
|DC/DC Converter||Belktronix Gen 1.5|
This is integrated with the charger in the Belktronix system. Puts out 50 amps.
|Instrumentation||Link-10 Emeter. Zolox speed sensor on Warp9 tailshaft tied to controller for overspeed protection. PakTrakr for battery monitoring. PakTrakr and Synkromotive controller have USB connections into a small HP netbook.|
|Top Speed||85 MPH (136 KPH)|
I could possibly go faster, but I don't want to get a ticket.
|Acceleration||Quite reasonable and similar to the original ICE.|
|Range||30 Miles (48 Kilometers)|
This is probably the max range. I can probably get 22 miles at 55mph on the freeway. More at slower speeds.
|Watt Hours/Mile||250 Wh/Mile |
This is average at 55mph.
|Seating Capacity||5 adults|
|Curb Weight||3,000 Pounds (1,363 Kilograms)|
Initially the car was 2200 pounds.
|Tires||Stock Civic Tires|
|Conversion Time||Several Months, but that includes blogging and documenting the process.|
|Conversion Cost||$1650 for Warp9|
$1200 est. for Belktronix Charger
$1100 for Synkromotive controller
$865 for ElectroAuto adapter plate
$175 for 2/0 welding cable
$100 for battery lugs
$2100 for batteries
$360 vacuum pump for brakes
$80 main fuse
$??? for steel, welding, wires, etc...
Total for all parts (except car) was about $10,000
|Additional Features||To save weight and reduce complexity, the power steering was modified into manual steering by looping back the hydraulic hoses and bypassing the steering valve. The power brakes are supported by a MES vacuum pump system from Metric Mind.|
|This conversion project is part of an open-source effort to make an easy-to-install EV conversion kit for a common car. It was inspired by Bob Bath's "CivicWithACord" and the VoltsPorsche installation instructions from ElectroAuto. The intent is to make converting a Civic easy enough for anyone with moderate mechanical skills to get more EVs on the road. Blog is at WebPage The instruction manual (in process) is posted in the "pages" section at the "Civic EV Kit" Google Group at WebPage Many thanks to everyone in the community who is helping with this effort.|
See civic-ev.blogspot.com for the latest information.