|Location||New Haven, Connecticut US map|
|Vehicle||2002 Kia Rio Cinco |
Run of the mill simple Rio wagon. Standard trans, no AC, no anti-lock brakes.
|Motor||Advanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC|
About the size of a good size water melon.
|Drivetrain||5 speed standard|
|Batteries||12 Car Quest DCG31DT 105AH, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
Car Quest batteries are made by Deeka
|System Voltage||144 Volts|
|Charger||Elcon PFC 2000+|
another black box. works on 115 or 230 volts. It runs a lot cooler on 230 volts.
|Heater||Ceramic, takes the chill out of the air.|
|DC/DC Converter|| |
No converter. The motor drives the original alternator. But I have it hooked up so it only works when I take my foot off the accelerator, sort of a primitive form of regen braking.
|Instrumentation||Elcon battery indicator, amp and volt gauge.|
|Top Speed||not sure about the top speed. But I had it up to 65 mph on a short run and it had more to go.|
|Range||20 Miles (32 Kilometers)|
20 miles is about it. I did go 23 miles, but my batteries didn't like it. Bigger batteries would have been better, but they would put me over my GVRW. I only drive 9 miles round trip to work and back, so its OK for now. But I would really like to know how some people get the mileage they say they do with the same size batteries.
|Seating Capacity||Its a two seater now. Four of the twelve batteries ended up where the back seat was.|
|Curb Weight||3,000 Pounds (1,363 Kilograms)|
Heavy! But I'm under the cars GVWR by a couple hundred pounds. 725 lbs of batteries.
|Conversion Time||Not very long. I worked on it a few nights a week and had it going in about three months.|
|Conversion Cost||with the car about 6K|
|Additional Features||This car was a project somebody else started and then bailed on. They took out the ICE and related junk and put the electric motor in. I got the car with the new motor for half of what the motor alone would have cost me.|
|If not for the deal I got, a Kia Rio would not have been my choice of car to convert. But its a great first project, and I learned a lot, a test bed for future projects. As cars go, its a simple one. There is not allot of room under the hood, the motor just fits, let alone all the other stuff, thats why I no longer have a back seat.|
I plan on using this car to go to and from work, which is around trip total of about nine miles, so it should be no problem.Hopefully by the time I start my next one the price of lithium batteries will have come down more.
Thanks to Electric vehicles of America for their great service and parts, and answering all my dumb questions.