OwnerPete Cox
LocationHickory, North Carolina United States map
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Vehicle1991 Volkswagen Golf
converted to electric by me (Pete) in approx 12hrs.
MotorD&D Motor Systems, Inc. Series Wound DC
DrivetrainD&D motor, no clutch, 5 speed transmission
ControllerAlltrax 72 volt
Batteries6 Energizer Deep Discharge, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Plan on changing to 6v flooded when this pack wears out. Got a deal on these, so far doing ok, but 6v would give better range.
System Voltage72 Volts
ChargerSchumacher 72v
Standard 72v 5/10a charger mounted in engine comp. Also accessory charger for 12v accessory battery.
Heatern/a. Winter is not here yet!!!
DC/DC Converter
No Need.
InstrumentationAmp and Volt meters.
Top Speed50 MPH (80 KPH)
50, probably a little faster on full charge, but runs pack down quickly.
AccelerationVery good, if needed. I try to baby it and keep the amps low.
Range12 Miles (19 Kilometers)
12 miles +/-, I live in NC and it is in a very hilly area. Can easily pull 250+ amps climbing hills. Hills all the way to work and back. I can charge at work, so I am saving approx. 40 dollars in gas over my Jeep.
Watt Hours/MileNever figured it out.
Seating Capacity5 adults
Curb Weight0
Close to stock. Batteries weighed roughly what the engine did.
Tires13 inch inflated to 45 psi.
Conversion Time12 hrs.
Conversion Cost$5000. +/-
Additional FeaturesI wired in a bypass contactor to put an extra battery in series with the pack when it gets low. I get a couple extra miles this way although it runs the pack down pretty low. Still, it is a good emergency backup and has paid for its-self.
Loved doing the conversion. Am now doing conversions for other people in the area. Started company called STE Electric Cars. (Save The Earth).

Plan on adding Solar to Car in near future to help with charging.

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