OwnerJames Wolfe
Owner's Other EVs1993 Dodge TEVan
1988 Pontiac Fiero
1995 Solectria E-10
1999 Dodge EPIC
1993 Dodge TEVan
Junior Dragster
LocationGlendale, Arizona United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1982 Pontiac J2000
No longer in Service, but... Re-incarnated by using the major parts in a 1988 Pontiac Fiero
MotorPrestolite 4001 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainOriginal transaxle with 4-speed transmission
ControllerCurtis 1221B-7401
BatteriesInterstate U2200, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Increased to 120V pack after June of 2001
System Voltage108 Volts
ChargerRussco SC 120-18 SO
Offboard charger is a Bycan 108/12 Volt, 25 Amp 120 VAC. This required a 30A-120V receptacle. After tweaks and a variac to boost the input, it did a nice job on the 120V pack.
HeaterYou're kidding.. this is Phoenix, Arizona.
DC/DC ConverterLambda
Switch mode power supply used to charge a 12V deep cycle marine battery.
Instrumentationin-dash 0-500 ammeter, console mounted Voltmeter.
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Range60 Miles (96 Kilometers)
estimated, (51 miles detour verified to 70% DOD)
EV Miles
Start:115,000 Miles (185,035 Kilometers)
Current:139,515 Miles (224,479 Kilometers)
Total:24,515 Miles (39,444 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight3,600 Pounds (1,636 Kilograms)
TiresWhen purchased it had Metric 13" which were later upgraded to 14" Goodyear's.
Conversion TimePurchased already converted with bad batteries.
Conversion CostLess than the components would have cost.
This vehicle was, (almost) a daily commuter in Phoenix rush hour traffic. 50-60 minutes each way, 44 mile round trip with 28 or 30 traffic lights, (depended on the route). The Curtis controller was mounted upside down through the hood with a heatsink and sun-hat. And yes, it had a 900W 120V ceramic element in the heater to defog the windows, but not for heat. My favorite comment was from a young couple alongside me at a stoplight when He asked, "Is it really Electric?" When I said "yes it is", his response was... "Wow, that's really cool!"

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