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OwnerJohn Warobiew
(former owner, EV has been sold)
Owner's Other EVs1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
1993 CityCom CityEl
1993 Ford Ranger Pickup
2000 Corbin Sparrow
1975 Zagato Elcar (Zele)
1980 Aquila
2008 Zap Xebra
2008 Zap Xebra Hatchback
2000 Kawasaki Ninja EV
2011 Th!nk City
LocationVacaville, California US map
Vehicle1972 Reliant Bond Bug
3-wheel microcar, all fiberglass body.
Approx 2,200 were originally produced &
sold in the UK. Only 5 known to exist in
the USA.
Motor AC-12 3-Phase AC
6.7" Diameter, 300 Amp, 25Hp Peak, 7500
RPM
Drivetrain4-speed stock transmission & clutch
ControllerCurtis 1236-6301
300 Amp AC controller with adjustable
regenerative braking.
Batteries6 Optima D34M, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
BCI: Group 34 size with convenient 5/16
threaded studs.
System Voltage72 Volts
ChargerProMariner Prosport II 20 Plus, 3 Bank
Two on-board chargers. Each charger
handles 3 batteries. All 6 batteries are
charged independently, not in series for
perfect balancing.
Heaternone
DC/DC ConverterVicor VI-L4P-EU
250 Watts, 72V in, 13.8V out
InstrumentationCurtis 840 system parameter display. Shows
DOD%, Amps, Pack Voltage and Motor RPM &
Temperature.
Top Speed60 MPH (96 KPH)
in 3rd gear, 4th gear is not used as it
does not add any top speed.
AccelerationKeeps up with city traffic OK.
Range20 Miles (32 Kilometers)
20 miles possible, but 10-12 miles
covers all my normal daily driving &
keeps the DOD on the pack at about 50%
for longer battery life.
Watt Hours/Mile155 Wh/Mile
Varies between 145-165 Whr/mile,
depending upon ambient temperature,
driving conditions & number of red
lights (no hills).
EV Miles
Start:11,086 Miles (17,837 Kilometers)
Current:11,440 Miles (18,406 Kilometers)
Total:354 Miles (569 Kilometers)
 
    As of 4/13/2010
Seating Capacity2 adults, no groceries
Curb Weight910 Pounds (413 Kilograms)
TiresThree 5.20 x 10"
Conversion TimeIt took over 1 year to restore the vehicle
& convert it to an EV.
Conversion CostThis vehicle has been SOLD.
Additional FeaturesUpgraded rear shocks to QA1 coil-overs with 400 lb springs
to handle the extra 270 lbs of Optimas.
Purchased the partially restored vehicle (not running) on
Ebay. It is titled & registered in California as an enclosed
motorcycle. No helmet is required. Insured by State Farm.

code by jerry