|Owner's Other EV||1961 Sunbeam Alpine|
|Location||Gainesville, Florida US map|
|Vehicle||1996 Pontiac Sunfire|
|Motor||Warfield Warp-9 Series Wound DC|
|Drivetrain||5-speed manual transmission, no clutch or flywheel.|
We rarely shift. In day-to-day driving, 0 to 50mph, we only use third gear and reverse.
120 Volts DC at 550 Amps.
|Batteries||10 US Battery US 12V XC, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
155 Amp-hour deep cycle "scrubber" batteries.
All battery connections use 2/0 welding cable with crimped-on ends.
|System Voltage||120 Volts|
Kelly charger. 10-Amp charge, plugs into 110VAC.
|Heater||We have not found the need for one in Florida. However, the heater core is still there and a hot-water system would be easy to install.|
|DC/DC Converter||Iota DLS-45|
The DC-to-DC converter charges a 35 Amp-hour 12-Volt battery. This runs the car's 12 Volt system. The converter gets it power from the 120-Volt main battery pack. This means that only the main charger is needed to recharge the car.
|Instrumentation||Analog Ammeter and digital Voltmeter built into the original instrument cluster.|
|Top Speed||75 MPH (120 KPH)|
I've never exceeded 70 mph, but the car was not topped out.
Update: Yeah, it will do 75 without any problems!
|Acceleration||Very Good. Best time in the 60-foot standing start acceleration test at the 2009 Battery Beach Burnout was 2.755 seconds.|
By comparison, the $110,000 Testa did 2.25 seconds at the same event!
|Range||45 Miles (72 Kilometers)|
Mixed around-town and highway driving (up to 65mph) gives me 35-miles of driving to 60% DOD.
During a recent trip I drove 50-to-60mph continuously. I reached ~80% DOD at 41 miles.
Update: If the temperature drops much below 25 (Fahrenheit) the range drops to 20 miles!
|Watt Hours/Mile||200 Wh/Mile |
Smooth level ground, driver but no passengers. Approximately 75-Amps at 120-Volts for 45mph.
OTOH, measured from the wall-socket I average about 550 Whr/mile.
|Seating Capacity||4 adults, 5 if they are good friends.|
|Curb Weight||3,350 Pounds (1,522 Kilograms)|
|Tires||New set of four low-rolling-resistance 185-65 R15|
|Conversion Time||180 Hours|
|Conversion Cost||Southern Electric Cars can do the same conversion for you for about $18,000.|
|Additional Features||Air Conditioning.|
Power brakes with ABS.
|"Show-and-Shine" Award Winner at the Battery Beach Burnout, 2009.|
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