|Location||Seattle, Washington US map|
|Vehicle||1994 Honda Del Sol Si |
The Honda Civic Del Sol is a 2-seater front-
engined, front wheel
drive, targa top convertible manufactured by
Honda in the 1990s.
Production and sales ran from 1994 through
1997 in the U.S. with a
total of slightly fewer than 75,000 models
sold in America.
|Motor||HPEVS AC-50 3-Phase AC|
|Drivetrain||1.6 liter SOHC 16-valve four cylinder D16Z6 1.6L |
125 hp (93 kW) I4
engine with Honda's VTEC. 5 speed manual
96V nominal 130V max input
650A max current output
|Batteries||36 CALB/Skyenergy SE130AHA, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate|
|System Voltage||115 Volts|
|Charger||Elcon PFC 2500|
120/230 VAC Charger
Charge Profile 611 charging to constant voltage
of 3.45 V per cell.
|Heater||DBK 1500W PTC heater|
Replaced old heater core (what a pain tearing
out the entire interior
and dash!) with ceramic heater core. Using
existing AC button
circuit to turn on heater. Heater element is
on only when AC button
is depressed and the fan is on.
|DC/DC Converter|| IpDCIS-9612|
CleanPower (looks the same as Chennic) 400W
2 DC-DC converters. One always on and the
other on with key
switch in on position.
|Instrumentation||ZEVA II Fuel Gauge Driver Plus|
Existing tachometer displays 100s of amps and
existing fuel gauge
|Top Speed||100 MPH (160 KPH)|
Have had it over 90 MPH on the track and still
|Range||65 Miles (104 Kilometers)|
Real world urban driving with hills, traffic,
stop & go, the whole
enchilada. Farthest drive to date was just
over 65 miles and that
brought by average cell voltage to 3.17 V.
Still have some juice left.
Also have done a couple 65 mile highway trips.
The car has no
trouble cruising for over an hour at highway
speeds. Motor and
controller temp never climbed above 45C.
|Watt Hours/Mile||250 Wh/Mile |
Based on my typical Seattle winter driving. In
city with some
freeway and plenty of hills. Also full-time
headlights, some wipers,
and some heat. This should be my worst case
|Seating Capacity||2 adults|
|Curb Weight||2,512 Pounds (1,141 Kilograms)|
Original Del Sol Si curb weight: 2414 lbs
+98 lbs for conversion!
GVWR 2975 lbs: still have a 463 lb payload
|Conversion Time||6 months|
$17,000 + $3000 for donor vehicle
|Special thanks to: Jack Rickard (www.evtv.me) for design inspiration |
and technical assistance;
Jeff D. for help with metal fabrication, shaping, and design; and Tom
C. for some great aluminum
Components purchased primarily from EVolve Electrics and Manzanita
Micro. Both were
outstanding to work with and provided great service and patience to a
question asking first timer.