'95 Escort bare bonesElectra BlueNearly completeUnder the hoodRear battery containmentView from the Driver's sideView from the Passenger side
OwnerLouis Webster
LocationSeattle, Washington United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1995 Ford Escort LX
Simple, basic, four door vehicle with remote
side view mirrors and airbags for both driver
and passenger
MotorAdvanced DC 203-06-4001, 8 Series Wound DC
This baby weighs 107 lbs. Complete professional
rebuild January 2018 due to bad brush holder.
DrivetrainManual Transaxle, Front Wheel Drive,
standard clutch
ControllerCurtis 1221C
The little black box
Batteries15 US Battery B GC, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
These guys weigh about 70 lbs each
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
120 VAC in, 120 VDC out
Heater1500 watt ceramic heater installed in place
of traditional heater core
DC/DC ConverterZivan NG1
Keeps the aux battery charged
InstrumentationI added an analog voltmeter and an ammeter
in place of fuel gauge and temperature
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
This was my design criteria and this speed
was achieved on 5/9/2009. I've gone at least 75
AccelerationI'm pleased. If I'm starting out or going
uphill, I'll put it in first to begin and
shift to 2nd after I'm rolling. Can shift
to 3rd if going on the interstate highway
and no hills.
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
This was my design criteria, and it has
proven to be nearly the limit. I use the
trip odometer as a "fuel gauge" and rarely
look at the voltage or amp gauges.
EV Miles
Current:4,238 Miles (6,818 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity5 adults
Curb Weight3,120 Pounds (1,418 Kilograms)
The car weighs 700 lbs more after the
conversion than befoe.
TiresFEDERAL 175/65 R14 82H M&S.

I've got 4 of 'em
Conversion Time12 months
Conversion Costless than $10K
Additional FeaturesI did my conversion in the driveway and didn't move the car for
10 months. I never put the car in the garage because there was
not enough room to do so. Working space was limited to the
single car garage. Replaced the carpeting and may do seat
covers. Might even paint the car!

9/16/09 Painted the car blue and haven't done the seat covers
yet. Will soon see how effective the heater is as our weather
is changing.

Check my blog which chronicles my journey.

It took a lot of time and effort but it's worth it.

It's 2014 now and I have just replaced all the batteries. Its
a new car now.

Now it's 2016 and I'm ready to move on from this car to other
projects. THE CAR IS FOR SALE. $3,500.

2018 and still for sale.

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