CrffOptima Power
OwnerJohn Bryan
LocationBoulder, Colorado US map
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Vehicle1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
MotorAdvanced DC XP-1227A Series Wound DC
Drivetrainrace-prepped 4-speed manual transmission
ControllerAuburn Scientific PWC600-192 Grizzly
Batteries16 Optima 750 DS, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
Yellow Top
System Voltage192 Volts
ChargerZAP
Homemade series charger plus individual ZAP (Cliplight) chargers on each battery.
Heater192 Volt ceramic
DC/DC ConverterTodd PC-30
Instrumentationa) E-meter
b) Ammeter
c) Accessory Voltmeter
Top SpeedOver 100 mph
Range60 Miles (96 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight2,500 Pounds (1,136 Kilograms)
TiresContinental 155R15
Conversion Time6 months of weekends
Originally converted as a 120 Volt car with flooded batteries filling the back seat area. Measured range was over 40 miles and the performance was quite good. Replacing the 10 large 60 pound 27-TMHs with 16 of the little 45 pound Optimas drastically improved both the performance and range while making the back seat once more available. The car now actually has more storage space than when it was an ICE! Other features include JVC CD deck with 8" sub and aluminum EMPI 8 spoke wheels.

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