|Owner||Clark Electric Service, Inc.|
|Location||Spartanburg, South Carolina US map|
|Vehicle||1991 Chevrolet S-10 |
Bought off Craigslist.org.
Came with a 2.8L V6 5 speed with AC.
Everything was working.
Calculated savings over my Diesel truck
was initially estimated at $3000-
3500/year in fuel alone, not including
maintenance savings! Those numbers
based on fuel costs of $3.75/gal.
Learn to do one yourself at
|Motor||Advanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC|
Data is with 500A controller before
Continuous HP at 144V: 28.5
Peak HP: 100
Redline: 8000 RPM (I think)
Torque: 240ft-lbs with 1000A
|Drivetrain||Two wheel drive with clutch removed for a |
clutchless 5 speed drive. Truck utilizes
a T5 NWC transmission rated at 265ft/lbs.
|Controller||Evnetics Soliton 1|
Originally Rated 500A
Upgraded to 1000A 8/2012
|Batteries||50 SE200AHA, 3.30 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate|
Built battery box with 2" steel angle
for the bottom and 1.5" x 1/8" aluminum
angle for the corner posts, 1" angle
for the frame top. Used aluminum sheet
for the sides and 1/2" foam insulation
on all sides.
|System Voltage||166 Volts|
Charger operates at 208-240V single
phase so I can charge at work and home.
Charging is via a 50 Amp 250V "Recessed
Inlet" behind the gas cap cover.
|Heater||Ceramic 1500W from EV-America. It puts |
out about 2100W on 144V, more with the
new voltage. Also lined the floor and
panel behind the seat with
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|DC/DC Converter||Iota DLS-55|
55Amps @ 13.6V. This unit is
configurable with a jumper to output a
dual-voltage, 14.2V during vehicle use
and 13.6V when the vehicle is off.
|Instrumentation||Factory temp gauge on the motor. Uses |
a thermistor rated 2252 ohms @ 25C or
Factory battery gauge
Auto Meter 3707 Tach, Sourcing PNP
proximity for signal.
Home built battery balance meter
Max Charging voltage & LV cutout
Cycle Analyst - High current model (AH
counter, amp meter & more)
Zeva Plus fuel guage driver (SOC
with adjustable setpoint Low Fuel led
|Top Speed||85 MPH (136 KPH)|
This is the max on the speedometer. It
would easily go a hundred or more if I
tried. It would do 85 with the lead
batteries and original controller!
|Acceleration||Awesome! Will spin the tires!!!|
|Range||100 Miles (160 Kilometers)|
Range was calculated driving fairly easy.
With interstate driving speeds the range
is probably around 85 or so if not using
the heat but I usually keep it around 55-
65 or so.
|Watt Hours/Mile||400 Wh/Mile |
400 is based on power from the utility
averaged over a month of driving with
heat and lights at times and pulling a
trailer maybe 10% of the time. Not bad
considering the trailering!
|Curb Weight||3,300 Pounds (1,499 Kilograms)|
Factory curb weight 2856.
|Tires||New 225/60/16 Dunlop Signature low rolling |
resistance tire. To get LRR, get a 600+
Wheels: New ZQ8 Chevy S10 Extreme 16x8
|Conversion Time||Started 7/5/08 |
Lithium battery upgrade 4/2011
|Conversion Cost||To Date 11-24-08: Around $18,000 with the |
Geez, what happened to the $7500
|Additional Features||Done: Removed the drum brake rear and replaced with same |
ratio disc brake rear from a 2001 Blazer. $400
Done: Converted steering box to manual $150
Done: Transmission overhaul $700
Done: Motor/Tranny installed 10/7/08
Done: Heater element install 11/3/08
Done: New Sony/Memphis/Alpine sound system, new carpet
Done: Project 95+% completed. Installed & wired charger
and completed first charge 11/24/08.
Running and 98% complete: Controller installed and the
truck runs! Just need to tidy things up a bit. 12/1/08
Done: Gloss Black paint with clear coat.
Done: Installed Auto Meter tach 1/23/11
Converted to Calb Lithium batteries April 2011 at Mileage
|This is our company errand vehicle and my commuter. Doing |
our little part to reduce pollution around Spartanburg, SC
and our dependence on foreign oil.
I hope to do a full size van when the battery technology
becomes affordable with AC drive and no transmission!
Since upgrading to Lithium batteries I'm using it a ton
more, averaging about 1350 miles/month and saving about
$340/month AFTER ALL EXPENSES. Due to losing several
hundred pounds in the upgrade, I've added a trailer hitch to
haul stuff on my small trailer as well.