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OwnerAdam Blankespoor
LocationPalo Alto, California US map
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Vehicle1996 Honda Civic LX
MotorNetgain WarP 9 Series Wound DC
Drivetrain5-speed manual
ControllerNetGain Controls 1000 amp
With liquid cooling
Batteries45 Thunder Sky 100 Ah, 0.00 Volt,
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerElcon 3kW
Heater12V Seat Heater (not necessary in the Bay Area)
DC/DC ConverterIota DLS-55
InstrumentationDIY tachometer using a hall-effect sensor and shaft collar with 2 steel set pins to mimic the original gauge input
Top Speed97 MPH (156 KPH)
This is theoretical at 4500 rpm in 5th gear. I've gone 75 and had plenty of pedal left.
AccelerationI haven't timed a 0-60 run, but it accelerates better than stock.
Range45 Miles (72 Kilometers)
I don't use the full battery capacity and call 30 my practical limit.
Watt Hours/Mile300 Wh/Mile
Best trip was 250, but most of my driving is stop-and-go city driving.
EV Miles
Start:148,391 Miles (238,761 Kilometers)
Current:152,365 Miles (245,155 Kilometers)
Total:3,974 Miles (6,394 Kilometers)
Seating CapacityOriginal seating capacity maintained
TiresGoodyear Assurance Fuel Max on the HX wheels.
Conversion Time2 years
Conversion Cost$14,000
Additional FeaturesI'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 interfacing.
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!

Update: 5/23/2012
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 weather.

Update: 3/28/2013
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.

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