Side ViewRearBatteries
OwnerMike & Marcia Fix
LocationRoy, Washington US map
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Vehicle1996 Ford Ranger
Previous conversion that we found on
C/L. Came with a Warp9 motor already
set up with the clutch but removed from
the vehicle. Seller said it
would be a fast build. He was pretty
much right. Took about a
month to get it assembled and tested.
Now its a drive-able project.
MotorNetgain Warp9 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainWarp9 with clutch attached and original 5
speed transmission.
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla 1K HV
Purchased off eBay. Looked brand new but
Hairball was shorted. Manzanita Micro
repaired it quick(thanks Rich and
Clarice).
Batteries90, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
System Voltage288 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC-40LM liquid cooled
Just upgraded to the PFC-40. Wow! Very
fast charging. Very good chargers.
HeaterJust upgraded from 2 Kat coolant
heaters to a single MES-DEA RM3 heater.
Have it wired in series and setup to
run off 240 VAC when I'm plugged in for
charging or off the pack when I'm
driving. I even have a remote control
to start it from inside the house.
Working pretty well so far.
DC/DC ConverterVicor MegaPac
At the moment, I'm charging the 12v
battery fully at night while charging the
pack. I have the Vicor just supplying
12.0V. Eventually, I want to get rid of
the charger and just use the Vicor.
InstrumentationJLD404AH Intelligent AH meter.
Top Speed80 MPH (128 KPH)
I've only taken it to 60 mph but there was
still plenty to go.
AccelerationVery nice. At least as much as with the
original ICE.
Range75 Miles (120 Kilometers)
Round trip to work and back home is about
36 miles. I've only gone about 50 between
charges but it was still going strong.
Watt Hours/Mile355 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:122,600 Miles (197,263 Kilometers)
Current:134,000 Miles (215,606 Kilometers)
Total:11,400 Miles (18,342 Kilometers)
 
    As of 9/11/2014
Seating Capacity3? Has a bench seat.
Curb Weight3,600 Pounds (1,636 Kilograms)
I was able to weigh it at work.
Conversion Time1 month to "re-convert".
Conversion CostAbout $14,000 total with the lithium
batteries.
Additional FeaturesI am using a submersible pump for the controller cooling.
While looking for a suitable tank, I found an old plastic
gas can that fit very well. It was pretty fun working to re-
purpose an old gas can for use in an electric conversion. I
ended up going with 2 pumps. One is for the controller
cooling and the other is for heater circulating.
I have wanted to build an electric conversion for over 30
years now. In some ways, I'm glad I waited. I really think I
would have been disappointed in lead acid batteries. This
thing is a GREAT commuter truck. Most people don't even
notice it is electric.

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