OwnerAce Martin
LocationYuma, Arizona United States map
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Vehicle1970 Volkswagen Dune Buggy
1970 Volkswagen Beetle Manx conversion
MotorNetgain Impulse 9 Series Wound DC
Great motor but a bit spendy
Drivetrain4 speed transaxle
ControllerCurtis 1221C
slight whine but not to bad
Batteries8 Interstate 29DC-1 deep cycle, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
7 interstates and a optima bluetop due to lack of room.(hate having to mix the pack)
System Voltage96 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge
96V @ 12amps does great, but wished I'd bought the programmable one instead.
Heaternone Its southern AZ for heaven sakes.
DC/DC ConverterSevcon
80V to 12V
Also a bit spendy
Instrumentationjust a fuel gauge which I'm still working on.
Top Speed50 MPH (80 KPH)
so far still breaking everything in
Accelerationnot great but livable in 3rd gear
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
about 26 still testing hoping to get 30 miles
Seating Capacity2 adults, just enough for me and my wife.
Curb Weight2,500 Pounds (1,136 Kilograms)
just a guess still need to weigh it.
Tiresstock pumped up to 40 psi
Conversion Timeabout 6 months
Conversion Cost$3200 for the car
$4000 for the kit
about $1000 in other parts and corrections.
Our maiden voyage was to a gas station(LOL) to air up the tires and then before I got 2 miles down the road the rear driver side tire came off, almost wiping out the motor. Then had a cable connection come apart on one of the batteries which I repaired at the tire shop(LOL) while they put a new tire on the front and repaired the lugs on the back tire. All in all its been a eventful ordeal but riding around without spending a penny on gas is all worth it.

02-17-09 Drove 17 miles to the DMV today for title change but the vin# was off by one diget so now I have to fight with Iowa or get bond insurance on it. Was able to get a 90 day trip permit though so its legal. Drove it about 9 miles back before the pack died had to limp it along at about 15-20 mph the rest of the way LOL.

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