Battrery BoxMotor CompartmentCharge cordRear ViewMotor AreaDash area in front of passenger
OwnerMark Weisheimer
LocationColumbus, Ohio United States map
Vehicle1975 Honda Civic Wagon
Converted by Bill Williams in 1981
I'm converting it to LiFePo4 and a Soliton Jr (July 2013)
MotorPrestolite MTC-4001 Series Wound DC
Ratings: 20 HP @ 4900 RPM. 96VDC / 200A / 5000RPM
Weight 105 pounds
Drivetrain4 speed with clutch
ControllerEvnetics Soliton Junior
This car has had many prior controllers.
Curtis 1221b and the open source P&S500
Batteries46 CALB/Skyenergy CA60, 3.36 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
The batteries are re-located to the undercarriage and engine compartment
System Voltage154 Volts
HeaterHomemade using a squirrel cage fan and hair dryer elements. DC Electric plug-in. Connected at the beginning of winter season.
Four heat positions (400, 700, 1100, and 1400 watt).
DC/DC ConverterSevcon 622-11014
Input: 84-126VDC. Output: 13.5VDC/25A.
InstrumentationDigital Motor and Controller Temperature. Analog Motor Voltage and Current, Battery Voltage and Current, Auxiliary Battery Voltage. Vacuum Power Brake assist (inches).
This thing has a dash full of meters!
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Top Speed 70 MPH
Cruise Speed 50 MPH
Acceleration0 to 30 MPH in 9.5 seconds when it was Lead Acid
RangeExpected range, as yet un-verified.
This car had been driven 100 miles in an endurance rally. Albeit at 35 mph!
Watt Hours/Mile419 Wh/Mile
see Bill Williams charts for performance at
EV Miles
Start:65,643 Miles (105,619 Kilometers)
Current:200,126 Miles (322,002 Kilometers)
Total:134,483 Miles (216,383 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults and 3 children.
It is a small car!
I put a rear seat back in the car that had been removed when it was lead acid
Curb Weight2,990 Pounds (1,359 Kilograms)
It is expected to be around 1900 pounds
TiresMankook Radial H713 P165/80R13 inflated to 38psi.
Conversion Time8 Months. Dec. '80 through Aug. '81
Conversion Cost(US) $3,891.00 in 1981
This conversion was done in 1981 by Bill Williams in California. Bill kept meticulous records of the conversion and operation and I have those records. The motor/transmission adapter by John Wasylina is a piece of art. Despite the age, the car is in fine condition with no rust at all.

In July 2013 I am converting it to LiFePo4/Soliton Jr/Elcon chaarger.

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