|Location||Maryland US map|
|Vehicle||1974 Volkswagen Beetle |
Standard Bug (Type I), red, 1 each.
|Motor||Advanced DC L91-4003 Series Wound DC|
Rated for: 72-120 volts
Output: 16 hp continuous
72 hp peak @ 120 volts
|Drivetrain||Stock VW 4 Speed with clutch|
96-144 volts, 500 amps max.
|Batteries||16 Energizer EGC8, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
110 min. capacity @ 56 amps
|System Voltage||128 Volts|
|Charger||Zivan NG3 (110VAC)|
Selected the NG3 due to cost and simplicity. The low current draw allows me to war charge anywhere.
|Heater||1500 Watt Ceramic on AC input.|
400 Watt hair-dryer on DC inverter.
|DC/DC Converter||Sevcon 128/12|
300 watts max output
|Instrumentation||(2) Analog Voltmeters (1) Analog Ammeter (by Westach)|
|Top Speed||70 MPH (112 KPH)|
(with the new batteries)
|Acceleration||Acceptable but I try not to accelerate too hard to avoid harming the batteries.|
|Range||40 Miles (64 Kilometers)|
Fairly consistent performance.
30 miles at 55-65 mph.
|Watt Hours/Mile||1st: 35 mph @ 60 amps|
2nd: 57 mph @ 80 amps
3rd: 65 mph @ 120 amps
70 mph @ 160 amps
(all amps shown are battery amps)
|Seating Capacity||4 adults|
|Curb Weight||2,800 Pounds (1,272 Kilograms)|
Pack weighs 1008 lbs.
|Tires||Stock 15" VW Tires (new) with Empi 8-spoke wheels!|
|Conversion Cost||$7000 (Not including Original Conversion costs) as completed by former owner Will Judy of Alaska.|
|Additional Features||Upgraded from a 1221B Curtis controller to a 1231C Controller.|
LED's for parking, brake and turn signal bulbs have reduced the load on the DC converter to almost nothing.
Coil-over shocks have restored the rear ride height to normal and provides a much better ride.
Sirius satellite radio, GPS, 12vdc outlet for cell phone.
Headlights upgraded to H4 halogen.
400 watt DC-AC inverter powers AC devices or hair-dryer heater for heat & defrost while driving.
|Paint is very faded now and not as the pictures show. The pictures are several years old. A new paintjob is in the offing.|
I was too rough on my initial pack of Astro-lite 8v floodies. They lasted 7,000 miles. Lesson learned: don't draw more than 120-180 amps from 8v floodies. Don't overdischarge.
Replaced the first pack with 8v Energizer EGC8's. These are made by Johnson Controls with the Energizer label.
3686 miles on the Energizer pack so far, no problems to report.