OwnerEvan Beloni
LocationBlacksburg, Virginia United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1998 Volkswagen Golf GL
Got the donor car specifically for the
conversion, it was in great shape, an
excellent candidate for a EV conversion.
MotorAdvanced DC AMD FB1-4001(A) Series Wound DC
Aw snap, cheap Advanced batteries leaked
acid all over my motor and now it doesn't
run efficiently.
DrivetrainManual, front wheel drive
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
Works well, wish it had higher current
output and didn't make that obnoxious squeal at low speeds
Batteries12 Trojan T-1275, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Originally, I went super cheap on the batteries,
getting a discount on some marine deep cycles
from Advance. Turns out you get what you pay
for, as I'm getting about half the theoretical
range for the capacity and is decreasing. And
they leak acid.

I later returned the batteries and got the
Trojans. They don't leak.
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge SCPWX14420AS
Charging on 240VAC at home, 120 on the go
(at work)
HeaterNone yet
DC/DC ConverterZivan NG-1 (modded)
InstrumentationCustom built computer control system. DAQ
system monitors energy usage, GPS for
speedometer/odometer, SQL Server for data
logging, all kinds of awesome stuff.
Top Speed85 MPH (136 KPH)
AccelerationAcceleration is less than it was as gas,
and less now that there is corrosion in
the motor, bummer. Still swift enough for
around town.
Range16 Miles (25 Kilometers)
Acid leaking into motors = bad for
Watt Hours/MileWorking on the calculations...
EV Miles
Start:184,708 Miles (297,195 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity5 adults
TiresBald ones that came on it
Conversion Time~150 hours over 2.5 months for original
~300 hours for second time around
Conversion Cost$11,000 for original conversion
$16,000 for second time around additions

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