Front grilleTigger the VWMotor
OwnerNikki Gordon-Bloomfield
(former owner, EV has been sold)
Owner's Other EVsSakura Pedalec Electric Scooter/Bike
1998 City El
2004 Toyota Prius
2011 Nissan Leaf
Ego Helio (Ego Cycle 2)
2002 REVA (G-Wiz)
2013 Nissan LEAF
LocationHillsboro, Oregon United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1984 Volkswagen CityStromer
Factory-built VW CityStromer - originally designed
and built
for testing in the German market, this model is one
of two
RHD CityStromers which were ever built!
Motor Brown Bovori ... Separately Excited DC
The motor gave up after 25 years service, so the
owner had it rebuilt at great expense to him.

Sadly, the motor gave up AGAIN a few months ago
and so
it's back in the shop getting new brush boxes
made. The
culprit? We think the controller wasn't quite
set up as it
should be. We've sent the Controller to be
programmed to the specs set out in the original
DrivetrainSeparately excited motor, with clutch onto original
ControllerZapi Sem3
Capable of 500A at 96V, but it's tuned down to
300A max
150A max regen after we learnt the hard way that
anything over 350A would cook the brushgear.

Batteries16 Sonnenschein GF 06 180V, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Gel
They're exhausted. Seriously. They're seven years
old and the
car is really struggling to get a huge distance.

System Voltage96 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
This NG3 is tricked out! We've got temperature
sensors, a
multi-curve selection switch (so we can charge
different battery capacities and types of lead -
flooded or
gel) and a switchable input limit on current,
so we can
plug into a standard domestic 13A 230V circuit
or a larger
16A, 230V circuit.

The charger was previously cooking the batteries
was something wrong with the logic board) but
now it's
had a service and an upgrade everything is A-ok!
HeaterWebasto at present - but as it's tempremental
and GAS
powered we're going to take it out and replace
it with a 110V
hairdryer! :)

DC/DC Converter CP Power and Automation DDH300D12
This replaced the (not very good) Iota DC/DC we
had in
previously. It produces 12VDC at 25A output. We
have it
feeding the car's 12V battery when the car is in
and protection to ensure the 12V battery doesn't

InstrumentationSpeedometer, mileometer and trip counter. Plus
of interference with PakTrakr and the serial
output has just
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
The bad batteries do nothing to help the top
speed. She'll do
60 mph on a good day, and occasionally 65. But
50 is a
more realistic speed, to be honest!
AccelerationNot tested but up to 30mph is fine around town
Range15 Miles (24 Kilometers)
Watt Hours/Mile1000 Wh/Mile
This is based on average daily driving and power
required to
recharge pack.
EV Miles
Start:20,299 Miles (32,661 Kilometers)
Current:20,500 Miles (32,984 Kilometers)
Total:201 Miles (323 Kilometers)
    As of 3/3/2016
Seating Capacity5 adults
Curb Weight3,500 Pounds (1,590 Kilograms)
TiresReally cheap tyres from the local dealer. They're
probably not
great on rolling resistance, but we pump them up
fairly hard!
Conversion Time3 weeks, to rebuild after receiving the vehicle
as a project -
but then months of waiting while we got the
motor re-built.
It's still being fixed, but we have hopes that
Tigger will drive
again for the spring!
We sold this back to VW in 2011 to fund our Nissan LEAF -- sadly, she's
still waiting for an
electrical restoration but apparently is now in her original white

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