|Location||Adelaide, South Australia Australia map|
|Vehicle||1991 Daihatsu Charade|
|Motor||Advanced DC X91-4001 6.7 inch Series Wound DC|
This poor motor has had two near-death experiences through accidental overheating. Due to this abuse the armature failed after 18 months and was replaced.
|Drivetrain||Upgraded pressure plate and clutch to handle 100% increase in torque over ICE. Stock clutch was slipping. Would go clutchless next time and save $ as we just use 3rd gear and reverse.|
Small heatsink, doesn't really get hot to touch in our car, even on 43C days.
|Batteries||36 CALB/Skyenergy 100AH, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate|
2 years, 20,000km trouble free driving on this pack. Previous lead acid packs Yellow Top (6,000km), and Powersonic (3,000km) where problematic.
|System Voltage||120 Volts|
Chinese 96V lead acid charger and 2 Powertech 12V 12A chargers. Works well.
|Heater||Travel hair dryer in air con box for demisting.|
|DC/DC Converter|| |
|Instrumentation||None at the moment.|
|Top Speed||80 MPH (128 KPH)|
Estimated, still accelerating at 100km/hr, but top speed not relevant in this car - it spends it's life happily cruising at 60 km/hr.
|Acceleration||Faster than ICE to 60km/hr. We just use 3rd gear all the time, no gear changes.|
|Range||70 Miles (112 Kilometers)|
I have done 108km on single charge but haven't found a need to go further.
|Watt Hours/Mile||400 Wh/Mile |
400 Wh/mile at the wall. As low as 130Whr/mile cruising at 35mph. Draws 5kW (37A @ 132V tested) cruising at 35mph.
|Seating Capacity||4 adults|
|Curb Weight||2,000 Pounds (909 Kilograms)|
A little over 900kg, up 40kg from ICE configuration.
|Conversion Time||12 months part time, maybe 300 hours total|
|Conversion Cost||More than I would like to discuss, spread over several years. To do it again at current prices would cost $15,000 (AUD) excluding donor car.|
|I drive this car every day, about 200 km a week. We have done 28,000 electric km in 3 years. We hardly ever use our ICE car any more. Since the Lithium batteries were installed the car has been trouble free, with range that exceeds our daily needs.|
I recently took the car to my mechanic for a "service". he changed the wiper blades, checked the brakes (all OK), and rotated the typres. Thats it for 3 years maintenance on an EV!