|Location||Palo Alto, California US map|
|Vehicle||1996 Honda Civic LX|
|Motor||Netgain WarP 9 Series Wound DC|
|Controller||NetGain Controls 1000 amp|
With liquid cooling
|Batteries||45 Thunder Sky 100 Ah, 0.00 Volt,|
|System Voltage||144 Volts|
|Heater||12V Seat Heater (not necessary in the Bay |
|DC/DC Converter||Iota DLS-55|
|Instrumentation||DIY tachometer using a hall-effect sensor |
and shaft collar with 2 steel set pins to
mimic the original gauge input.
|Top Speed||97 MPH (156 KPH)|
This is theoretical at 4500 rpm in 5th gear.
I've gone 75 and had plenty of pedal left.
|Acceleration||I haven't timed a 0-60 run, but it |
accelerates better than stock.
|Range||45 Miles (72 Kilometers)|
I don't use the full battery capacity and
call 30 my practical limit.
|Watt Hours/Mile||300 Wh/Mile |
Best trip was 250, but most of my driving is
stop-and-go city driving.
|Seating Capacity||Original seating capacity maintained|
|Tires||Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max on the HX |
|Conversion Time||2 years|
|Additional Features||I'm working on a coulomb counter and fuel gauge interface to |
show the battery state of charge. This is a good project to
dust off my PIC programming skills and automotive instrument
|I have recently started using this car as my daily driver. I |
commute to work 17 miles round trip which takes about 30 AH
to replace. I plug in the charger when I get home and am
able to unplug it later in the evening after about 3 hours.
I am amazed how much fun the car is to drive!
I have over 1700 miles on the car so far and it is still a
pleasure to drive. I plan to add a cooling fan to the
controller/radiator because I am starting to reach the
temperature threshold during hard accelerations in the warmer
Still driving the car as my daily driver. I charge the
batteries, fill the tires with air, and drive it. I haven't
had any problems with the mechanical or electrical components
in almost two years of driving.
Thought I should rotate the tires. Still no mechanical or
electrical problems. I added an Electric Imp (WiFi) to the
batteries so I can check the approximate SoC. I can monitor
the batteries with my smartphone and I receive a text when
the charging is complete.
I had to replace a lower ball joint and a high voltage cable. The
original cable between the motor and controller was too short and
eventually started to fail (i.e. fray and then weld...). It was
an easy fix and I'm back on the road. I am also in the process of
upgrading my charge port to j1772 so I can charge at public