E-VW With AC induction motor
OwnerJeffrey P. Kloth
Owner's Other EVs1973 Yamaha TX-750
1982 Honda GL500 Interstate
LocationChandler, Arizona United States map
Vehicle1974 Volkswagen Super Beater
Painted more than three times sums up the condition of this fine German vehicle!
Motor HPGC 3-Phase AC
100 lb pound of torque at 2500 rpm @ 84VDC
DrivetrainYes, Last time I looked.
ControllerCurtis 1238
36-80 V up to 550 A Regen braking
BatteriesThunder Sky 60ah, 53.00 Volt, Lithium-Polymer
Using many different packs. LiFEPO4, LiMn and A123 and Optima lead-acids in hybrid modes
System Voltage72 Volts
Charger Many to choose from
Up to 25 amps charging
HeaterNone yet
DC/DC Converter Green circuit board
Sometimes use aux battery
InstrumentationCurtis 1311 and SpyGlass
Top Speed74 MPH (119 KPH)
@ about 88 volts
AccelerationSimilar to stock VW
Range32 Miles (51 Kilometers)
will update
Watt Hours/Mile275 Wh/Mile
Great for city/town driving so far!
EV Miles
Start:89,000 Miles (143,201 Kilometers)
Current:90,300 Miles (145,292 Kilometers)
Total:1,300 Miles (2,091 Kilometers)
    As of 5/15/2009
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight2,000 Pounds (909 Kilograms)
Now less than stock
TiresOver-inflating stock
Conversion TimeNever enough
Conversion CostNever enough. Car was cheapest item! Sold I.C.E. for $550 running
Additional FeaturesTried mounting motor in back window area using chain and sprockets to transaxle with rear bearing support of shaft. Worked but hellishly noisy!
Was building a three wheeler with the drive parts when the VW fell into my hands and said "make me electric". This is more fun than EV'r!
Jeff K.

Notes Dec. '08: I did lose the bumpers and choped off the back like a Baja. It resulted in over 130 pounds of weight reduction. May, 2009 1300 miles EV usage!

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