|Location||Westminster, Maryland US map|
|Vehicle||1955 Hudson Metropolitan|
|Motor||D&D Motor Systems, Inc. Series Wound DC|
|Drivetrain||Drivetrain is from the 1500cc later model Metropolitan.|
This company is great to work with!!
|Batteries||4, 12.00 Volt, |
This system can be set up with any combination of batteries to reach 48 volts. Should I want more range I could use 6 or 8 volt batteries.
|System Voltage||48 Volts|
|Heater||None. Car is open and will not be driven in winter.|
|Instrumentation||Original with ammeter and Voltmeter installed in panel where glove box used to be.|
|Top Speed||35 MPH (56 KPH)|
48 volt system is basically good for whirring around the neighborhood. In my case I will use it for visiting places like Gettysburg battlefield when the car is not rented for stage use.
|Acceleration||probably similar to original, except uphill.|
|Range||20 Miles (32 Kilometers)|
This is an estimate, I am still testing the car on roads.
|Seating Capacity||2.5 The backseat is really only good for people with no legs.|
|Curb Weight||1,800 Pounds (818 Kilograms)|
The batteries and motor have leveled the car off to where it would have sat with an engine in it. Thus I estimate 1800 lbs.
|Conversion Time||About five months of afternoons and sometimes two days a week over the summer. This includes restoring the car.|
|Conversion Cost||Including purchase of the car, restoration of the car and conversion to electric I estimate $9,000|
|Restoration notes are at www.Hansonmechanical.com WebPage the car's own site for rental is www.Theatercar.com WebPage |
The initial concept for the car came from renting an electrified Metropolitan for the show Grease, which I was directing at Owings Mills High School. That car was electrified with a golf cart motor and was not roadworthy.
My students looked at that car with me and we decided we could do better and make one that is stageworthy and roadworthy. The rest of the story is at the Hanson Mechanical Collection site with a photo album coming soon.
The conversion was fairly simple, the Metropolitan is light and very easy to work on. Plus a couple companies provide a wide range of parts, so I was able to find everything I needed quickly and for very fair prices. If and when I do this again I will use a 72 volt system.
Major Kudos to two companies. First is Alltrax, their engineers spent time on the phone with me straightening out issues and cut me a real break when I blew up a controller. (sometimes I am not that bright) Also, The Metropolitan Pit Stop was a major supplier of restoration parts with really knowledgeable staff and an insane range of parts.