First Time on the RoadMain Controller BoardInstrument ClusterRear Battery CageRear Battery BoxNew Custom License PlateFront Battery BoxUnderside of VanPassenger Compartment
OwnerFred Weber
LocationSan Jose, California United States map
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Vehicle1978 Volkswagen Type II Van
MotorNetgain Warp 9 Series Wound DC
ControllerCurtis 1231
Batteries18 Nissan Leaf Cells, 8.40 Volt, Lithium-Ion
Lithium Ion Manganese Oxide. Each Battery
contains two 4.2V cells in series. I will likely
add another 18 in parallel soon
System Voltage151 Volts
ChargerElcon PFC 2500
Replaced old Elcon PFC1500 cause when I sent it
in to be reprogrammed they said it was busted.
Also new model directly supports disable feature
for BMS
HeaterSmall 12V ceramic
InstrumentationAMP (0 to 500)
SOC (state of charge)
12V aux
PakTrakr with AMP meter and data logger
Top Speed60 MPH (96 KPH)
Easy enough to get 60MPH on flat highway.
About 250A to sustain that.
Acceleration0-30 9.4
0-40 15.6
0-50 29.6
0-60 43.2
Range55 Miles (88 Kilometers)
With a single charge we get a solid 50+
miles. At about 55 miles we see a
noticable drop in performance and can't
get above 25MPH.
After about 15 months our range is down
to about 40-45 miles
EV Miles
Start:69,216 Miles (111,368 Kilometers)
Current:81,325 Miles (130,851 Kilometers)
Total:12,109 Miles (19,483 Kilometers)
    As of 6/13/2019
Seating Capacity5 seats, room for 8.
Original front seats and rear bench. Can
also seat 3 on front battery box.
Have had 6 people (3 adult, 3 child,
1000#s in it so far)
Curb Weight4,300 Pounds (1,954 Kilograms)
After Conversion: 4300, Front 1850, Rear
Before conversion: 2600, Front 1060, Rear
GVW Specs: 4961, Front 2227, Rear 2800
TiresYokahama Y356 185R14/D1
Currently inflated to 55psi
Conversion TimeMy log shows:
46 hours of restoration of donor
22 hours of design
80 hours of conversion
I didn't keep perfect track. I guess it
is more like
100 hours of purchase/restoration
40 hours of design
80 hours conversion
35 of the total hours was from my wife,
kids, brother in law and Mike Brown at
Conversion CostDonor Purchase and Restoration - $10,900
including bodywork, paint and glass
Conversion - $13400
Tools I didn't have - $500
Additional FeaturesOverall I love the conversion and we are already using it as
a daily driver instead of our Honda Odyssey. A few minor
- A bit hard to get a smooth start. Best result is third
gear without clutch. Get chatter in first, second and third
if I use clutch. Not sure yet if it is me, a problem in my
setup or basic to the design. After a month of driving we
are much smoother. After 2 months, totaly smooth.
- Brake vacuum pump is louder than I would like and kicks
in with every stop
- Controller whines a bit at low current
- Motor whines a bit

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