|Location||Apex, North Carolina US map|
|Vehicle||2002 Ford Focus ZTS |
converted from gasoline to electric. On-road since August 2010. I drove this car as an ICE for awhile before conversion, to make sure I liked it enough as a daily driver.
|Motor||Advanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC|
Standard 9" series-wound motor.
|Drivetrain||stock MTX-75 transmission.|
|Batteries||18 US Battery US 8VGCHC, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
Update 23 June 2012: I let the water get too low in the batts two months ago. All recovered except one, so I'm now running 17 batteries for a system voltage of 136 VDC.
|System Voltage||144 Volts|
|Heater||1400 watt ceramic element from space heater|
|DC/DC Converter||Iota DLS-75|
|Instrumentation||voltmeter, battery ammeter, motor ammeter|
|Top Speed||Haven't really pushed it, but easily achieves 75 MPH, which is quick enough for me so far.|
|Acceleration||Slightly not-as-good as the original stock 2.0L DOHC Zetec engine.|
|Range||40 Miles (64 Kilometers)|
Estimated. Still breaking the batteries in. Longest round trip was 26 miles, with end-of-trip SOC at 60%.
As of 23 June 2012: Record trip of 43.4 miles.
|Watt Hours/Mile||270 Wh/Mile |
This is estimated. The car pulls about 75 amps at 45 MPH on level ground.
|Seating Capacity||4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 children|
|Curb Weight||3,400 Pounds (1,545 Kilograms)|
|Tires||Previously Kumho Ecsta (what it came with); now Bridgestone Turanza 205-55-R16.|
|Conversion Time||500 man hours? 2 calendar years.|
|Conversion Cost||Including the glider, probably $20K.|
|Additional Features||Gas flap charging port with safety interlock and ammeter; electric power steering from 2003 Toyota MR2 Spyder; Light bulb precharge; sound-deadened vacuum pump; custom-wound rear springs (600 pounds over stock); provisions for future AC, BMS, V2G, better monitoring/logging.|
|What will you do for your children? I did this for my kids - ages 3 and 6. Every day, they see dad drive a car converted to a non-polluting, non-war-mongering energy source, and they saw the conversion performed in the garage at our home.|
Many thanks to Chris Simon, with his groundbreaking work on his 2001 Ford Focus.
Update 2012-02-25: Pack is broken in for sure. Record round-trip yesterday of 40.4 miles, with about 25% capacity remaining.
Update 2012-06-23: Even on 136VDC, I achieved a range of 43.4 miles last night. Car now at 99693 miles.