OwnerLynn Adams
(former owner, EV has been sold)
Owner's Other EV1997 Chevrolet S-10 Electric
LocationLittleton, Colorado United States map
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Vehicle1992 Honda Civic
MotorAdvanced DC 203-06-4001 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainOriginal 5 speed manual
ControllerDC Power Systems DCP-600 Raptor/TREX
Actually I toasted the Raptor by doing a series of stupid things (see list archive for details) and replaced it with a TREX 600
Batteries18 US Battery 8VGC, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
9 under hood, 9 in back
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC20
HeaterElectric replaces original hot water element
DC/DC ConverterDC Power Systems
InstrumentationEmeter, Analog Ammeter
Top Speed75 MPH (120 KPH)
but do not expect to go more than 30 miles
AccelerationCivic-like, not embarassing
Range55 Miles (88 Kilometers)
to 80 % discharge
Watt Hours/Mile210 Wh/Mile
From the pack
Seating Capacity4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 small kids
Conversion TimePurchased used but upgraded to current config
Conversion CostPurchased for $16K, cost after CO Tax Credit, $5K
Additional Featuresdual vacuum pumps
battery heaters and controls in each battery box
Polypro battery boxes
custom struts
Over the 4 years I owned this car, I put 51,000 miles on the car in this configuration. Most of the miles were 44 miles each way with a recharge at work. Traveled at highway speeds keeping to the speed limit in the right lane. Recharging at work keept the discharge at about 65% maximum. The PFC-20 completly recharges 8.88 KW-hours in about 6.5 hours drawing 16 Amps of 120 VAC at work. Using 240 at home recharge time is about 4.0 hours.

Of the 4 battery packs I used US8VGC, US8VGC-HC, T875, T890, I found all were about the same miles per dollar spent. The only battery I did not really like was the US-HC's, they seemed to leak acid more freely than the others (may have been my driving).

Conversion originally done by Jeff Clearwater, no he is not interested in doing another one (at least right now).

code by jerry