Rear ShotRear BatteriesCustomized Instrument panel
OwnerTed Porter
LocationPlymouth, Maine United States map
Vehicle1994 Chevrolet S10
Regular cab short bed.
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC
Drivetrain5 Speed manual transmission.
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
500 amp
Batteries20 Trojan T105, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerElcon PFC 2500
Custom charge curve, programmable,
temperature probe to protect from overheating
batteries during charge (nice feature!),
plugs into either 120vac or 240vac.
Heater4,000 watt electric water heater with 12v
pump connected to original heater core.
This heater system is by Classic Electrics
of Boulder, CO. Very effective heater but
when the heating
elements are on they draw about 15% of
your traction battery power. I love it
though - great idea!
DC/DC ConverterAstrodyne
InstrumentationVoltmeter, ammeter, state of charge indicator
added to original instrument panel in place
of everything but the
speedometer and 12v battery charge indicator.
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
Have had it up to 80 MPH (in third gear) on
slight down-slope, and down to 50 on long up-
AccelerationNot great but adequate.
Range60 Miles (96 Kilometers)
Summer "practical range" is 60 miles,
including some highway miles and some
hills. Maximum is probably 80-100 miles
but you would be crawling at the end of
the trip. Winter range is more like 25
miles when using the 4,000 watt heater and
studded snow tires.
Watt Hours/Mile425 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:129,476 Miles (208,326 Kilometers)
Current:163,766 Miles (263,499 Kilometers)
Total:34,290 Miles (55,172 Kilometers)
    As of 11/4/2016
Seating Capacity3 adults
Curb Weight5,200 Pounds (2,363 Kilograms)
TiresNothing special, but in winter I use Goodyear
Wintermark studded snow tires in the rear.
Conversion TimeAbout 200 hours
Conversion CostAbout $10,000 including the batteries and

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