|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.