LocationSkowhegan, Maine United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1994 Toyota Tercel
This was built to simply get back and forth to work. Hopefully in the near future I can build another with a bit more power.
MotorD&D Motor Systems, Inc. ES-15A Series Wound DC
DrivetrainOriginal 4 speed transmission. No clutch.
ControllerAlltrax 7245
Batteries6, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage72 Volts
ChargerSchumacher SE-1072
Heater500 watt Kats block pre-heater. 12 volt dc Shur Flo RV pump. Block heater heats the fluid (antifreeze) and the pump pushes it through the existing heater core.
DC/DC Converter
InstrumentationVoltmeter - Ampmeter
Top Speed56 MPH (90 KPH)
AccelerationOn flat ground it's the same as my '96 Jetta. Uphill is kinda sluggish but it can still get out of it's own way.
Range20 Miles (32 Kilometers)
20 miles seems to be the max right now. It got awfully sluggish after about 15 miles. It is getting pretty cold here in Maine though, it was about 40 degrees when I got the 20 miles. Maybe come summer it will go up a bit.
Watt Hours/Mile300 Wh/Mile
After a 9 mile trip, 50% of the trip at 25mph and 50% at 55mph, it takes about 2.7kWh to fully recharge my pack. 2.7kWh / 9 miles = 300Whr per mile.
EV Miles
Start:163,547 Miles (263,147 Kilometers)
Current:164,644 Miles (264,912 Kilometers)
Total:1,097 Miles (1,765 Kilometers)
    As of 6/5/2009
Seating Capacity2 adults, 2 children (tiny backseat)
Curb Weight2,150 Pounds (977 Kilograms)
Again, this is my best estimate. I would like to get the car on a scale sometime this winter. The original curb weight was 1950.
Conversion Time124 hours
Conversion Cost5200$ so far
Additional FeaturesThere is a timed switch in the console under the hand brake that turns the charger off. It can be set anywhere between 2 and 12 hours. It's a standard 110 volt timed switch.

The 110 volt extension cord is a retractable extension cord that is mounted in the trunk and exits the car through the old gas cap. You just open up the gas cap and pull the cord until you get to the outlet. Once you're done, you just unplug and give the cord a quick pull and it is pulled right back into the car.
You can view my conversion journal at this WebPage along with videos and many more pictures. *Site Updated*

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