OwnerKick Gas EV Co-Op San Diego
Owner's Other EVs1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet
2003 Volkswagen Beetle
1984 Datsun Pickup
1986 Volkswagen Cabriolet
Ford Mustang
1964 Ford Falcon Futura
LocationSan Diego, California United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1984 Volkswagen Rabbit
MotorAdvanced DC Series Wound DC
ControllerCurtis 1231c
144, 500 amps
Batteries15 US Battery US8GVHC, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerRussco SC18-120
DC/DC ConverterZivan
Instrumentationspeedo, odo, current, Voltage, customer check gauge to switch
through different locations of the high and low voltage systems for
trouble checking. Possibly a Link10Pro soon also.
Top Speed80 MPH (128 KPH)
A good charge and maybe a rolling start. I have no problem
holding 70mph. Its a flooded lead acid car. what do you want?
With a full pack of batteries she pulls nice in second gear and
gets me around good.
Range25 Miles (40 Kilometers)
Watt Hours/Mile450 Wh/Mile
at 120 volts it takes 200 amps to maintain most higher speeds;
55+. under 55mph i can get closer to 100a and ~120v: 14kw. I
keep most hills to 300-400 amps and see 100 volts.
EV Miles
Start:250,000 Miles (402,250 Kilometers)
Current:267,500 Miles (430,407 Kilometers)
Total:17,500 Miles (28,157 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight3,200 Pounds (1,454 Kilograms)
Tiresbravurus, 45PSI. Got to have the high pressure for these heavy
cars. I drive rough and like them not to roll over to bad. 185-14-65
I think.
Conversion Time$13K including the pre-built junker of a conversion and the second
battery battery pack.
Additional Featuresconvertible in San Diego. Its the only reason I can bare to drive a Rabbit.
I cant believe I have put nearly 18k miles on this beast. 2/3 of that through less then 10 different
120 volt electrical outlets around town. I absolutely beat the batteries up and drove with them
dry so many times. Using the US Battery specs I estimate the original set of PbA's should have
lasted from 12k-17k miles. I got the low side but im still happy. That's saving roughly 600-750
gallons of 87 octane based on 20-25mpg. Considering most of my driving is city or stop go, I'm
saving on the higher side. I'm pretty happy to have cut my teeth on this car. Everything has
broken at least once.

Kick Gas Coop built this car in one of the local San Diego Workshops we host.

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