Amost Done2Plug it in!Rear BattsControl Board
OwnerBen Willis
LocationAnderson, South Carolina United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1993 BMW 318I
BMW 318I converted to electric for the main purpose of a daily commuter. My daily one way commute is 22 miles and I wanted an EV that looked good while giving 0 money to the oil companies.
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Compound Wound DC
ControllerLogisystems 144AFX 750Amp
Batteries12 Trojan 1275, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge Selectacharge 144V/110VAC
Not sure how well this charger is going to perform in the long run but am giving it a fair chance.
DC/DC ConverterIota DLS 55
I really like this DC/DC. It puts out plenty of power for my car's 12V system. I did add a 12V SLA 17AHbattery to run the system until the contactors close and activate the DC/DC.
Top SpeedNot fully known yet. Will know once batteries are broken in.
AccelerationSo far with a conservative setting on the controller acceleration is as good or better than the original 4cyl ICE.
RangeNot fully known yet. Will know once batteries are broken in.
Seating Capacity5 adults
Conversion Time2 Months, a lot of this time was spent waiting on parts to arrive from the various vendors.
Conversion Cost$7500
Additional FeaturesPower steering is provided via a Toyota MR2 electric power steering pump with a custom pressure line feeding the original PS rack. Since this pump runs off of the 12V system it is ideal for an EV.
One of the funnest projects that I have ever undertaken (and I've had plenty!)!! Looking forward to many more conversions. If anyone in my area would like to see the car just send me an email. I am also interested in doing conversions for others.

code by jerry