OwnerMalcolm Reeson
LocationPerth, Western Australia Australia map
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Vehicle1986 BMW 318i Bauer Cabrolet
MotorAdvanced DC FB-4001 Series Wound DC
Wish I had got the dual shaft version so I could run altinator and AC compressor off the front shaft.
DrivetrainEV system consists of an Advanced DC FB-4001 motor direct drive, 45 x 160 Ah LiFePO4 Thundersky battery pack, Rod Dilkes Battery Management System (BMS), Zilla 1K LV controller and Zivan charger.
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla 1K LV
Fantastic controller, pity they are so hard to get
Batteries45 Thunder Sky 160 Ahr, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
Rod Dilked BMS - elegently simple, very effective.


System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3-144VDC
HeaterHave the zilla cooling cct running through the dash heater, more for zilla cooling. But hey, I live in perth where it is always warm
DC/DC ConverterMeanwell SP500-13.5
Think this thing leaks and has a constant battery drain. Have been experimienting with putting diodes on it.
InstrumentationEV works fuel gauge driver. WebPage

Fantastic, gives fuel gauge as battery state of charge and tacho as ammeter.

Also have 7 LEDs and buzzers for various warnings/status.
Top Speed80 MPH (128 KPH)
Have had it up to 120 km/hr, and was still pulling.
AccelerationBetter than when it was petrol. I estimate 9 seconds to 100 km/hr
Range80 Miles (128 Kilometers)
Have done 120km, and think the actual range is around 130 km
Watt Hours/MileHave been measuring this at the powerpoint and been getting high readings - 350 w/km - suspect this is a charger efficiency issue and a low level leak/drain somewhere in the system
EV Miles
Start:171,850 Miles (276,506 Kilometers)
Current:175,850 Miles (282,942 Kilometers)
Total:4,000 Miles (6,436 Kilometers)
    As of 2/13/2013
Seating Capacity5 adults
Curb Weight2,650 Pounds (1,204 Kilograms)
Weight is now around 1200 kg. Car is about 70 kg heavier than when it was petrol.

Weight distribution is around 630 kg front / 560 kg rear
TiresYes. Round and black
Conversion TimeRoughly 8 months from motor coming out to on the road registered as EV
Conversion CostAround $30k Australian, done when the exchange rate was 65c to the US $. Reckon it could be done for A$20-A$25k now.
Additional FeaturesSound generator on the dash that makes vroom vroom noises for the people who keep asking if it is on when you stop at traffic lights.

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