San Diego Auto Show 11/2010Engine compartmentFront TrunkBottom ViewFiberglass hood and front bumperFiberglass Trunk and rear bumperRear ViewDash Gauges
OwnerRichard Rodriguez
LocationSan Diego, California United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1974 Porsche 914
901 transmission stock gears
MotorHPEVS AC50 3-Phase AC
ControllerCurtis originally 1238-7501 upgraded to the 1238-7601
for 18% more power :-)
Batteries38 Thunder Sky 200 Ah, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
Actually Voltronics batteries
System Voltage122 Volts
ChargerElcon 4000W HF/PFC
HeaterHey It's San Diego. But...
1500W Ceramic element, 12V fan,
Curtis/Albright SW60B
homemade plenum box to distribute heat to
defrosters and
DC/DC ConverterMeanwell SP-500 13.5V
36 Amp output
InstrumentationLink-Pro (Xantrex) measures Amp hours, Volts,
Amps and
state of charge%
Analog Ampmeter and Voltmeter
Curtis 840 gauge measures RPM, Volts, Amps,
Controller Temp
Custom display gauge by Andromeda (it's way
Top Speed107 MPH (172 KPH)
That's it.
AccelerationAbout that of a VW 1800cc motor
0-60 in 11 seconds
Range135 Miles (217 Kilometers)
Maximum Range test here. Did this to do a
bottom balance on
my pack. used 194Ah (after 6 years more like
110 miles)
My drive to work and back is 45 miles long
anywhere from 63Ah to 91Ah depending on how I
Watt Hours/Mile219 Wh/Mile
range of 192 Whr/Mile to 246 Whr/Mile depending
on how I
EV Miles
Current:70,500 Miles (113,434 Kilometers)
    As of 9/30/2019
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight2,300 Pounds (1,045 Kilograms)
My estimate was 2100 lbs
The first weigh in was 2250 (measured on a
truck scale)
1130 in the front and 1120 in the rear.
(almost a 50/50
distribution) I later added Fat mat. for sound
reduction, a
stereo, a heater and 2 more batteries. Thus
2300 lbs
TiresBridgestone ecopia100's low RR tires
set at 42 PSI
Conversion Time2 years
1 year restoration of a 37 year old car
1 year conversion
It's never finished...
Conversion Cost27.5K finally got around to adding up all my
New rims, tires a new controller and a new
Charger set the
cost to
Additional FeaturesThe Fiberglass bumpers, fiberglass front and rear trunks,
fiberglass running boards and
gas shocks for headlight raisers and hand crank for windshield
wipers all help to reduce
the weight of my car by over 200 lbs.
I replaced all the rubber seals on the car (914 rubber)
I had the brake calipers rebuilt and all bushings and wheel
bearings replaced to minimize
rolling resistance. Getting the wheels aligned made a big
difference. All lights are LED
(except the headlights)lightened flywheel 9 lbs (was 15 lbs)
Engineering design ideas from Jack Richard EVTV
Rebuilt transmission by Sean Molloy of SD Autosport Racing
12/01/2012 added water cooling to the controller using a chill
plate purchased from EV
WEST. The water cooling system I added keeps my controller 20C
cooler on average.
After 7 years and 70,500 miles, my battery capacity is down but I can
still go over 100 miles
on a charge (barely).

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