|Location||Petaluma, California US map|
|Vehicle||1988 Pontiac Fiero|
|Motor||Advanced DC FB4001A Series Wound DC|
|Batteries||44 Thunder Sky 160AH, 3.40 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate|
After 10 months and >2000 miles of Lead Acid, one battery
started failing, so it was time for a lithium upgrade.
Redid the battery boxes from steel to aluminum. Lost
250lbs in weight, and more than doubled the range.
AGM accessory battery.
|System Voltage||144 Volts|
I went with an onboard "emergency" charger and have a Zivan
|Heater||Ceramic. I gutted a small 1500w space heater I bought on |
ebay. When it was lead acid, it was useless. I considered
alternatives, but in the end I kept with ceramic and hooked up
more elements. It draws 13A when on and works a lot better.
|DC/DC Converter||Zivan NG1|
Cheap digital voltmeters to show 12V and Pack Voltage
Analog ammeter in the dash
A couple of "idiot lights"
BMS from CleanPowerAuto.
|Top Speed||70 MPH (112 KPH)|
could go faster
|Range||40 Miles (64 Kilometers)|
Perfect for my daily commute (12 mi round trip), and in-town
|Seating Capacity||2 adults. Both the trunk and the spare tire were victims of |
|Curb Weight||2,850 Pounds (1,295 Kilograms)|
Stock curb weight is around 2700lbs. Redid both front and
rear springs for the lead acid. Now it rides way too high,
especially in the front: will redo the front springs (again).
|Conversion Time||18 months - first conversion|
14 months - upgrade to lithium
|Conversion Cost||Don't ask.|
|Additional Features||Clutchless design. Takes a little getting used to, but the Fiero transmission is pretty |
forgiving and I can easily shift in less than 2 seconds.