(former owner, EV has been sold)
|Owner's Other EV||1980 Jet ElectraVan 600|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana US map|
|Vehicle||1982 Volkswagen Rabbit |
A stock Rabbit with bolt in kit from
Electro Automotive. We used this car in
South Dakota in the 1990's for about 7
|Motor||Advanced DC Series Wound DC|
No fan, never overheated, worked perfectly
|Drivetrain||VW 4-speed manual with clutch|
Worked perfectly,no problems
|Batteries||16, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
We replaced 3 batteries after a year or so
and all the batteries at about 3 years in
the extreme South Dakota hot and cold.
|System Voltage||96 Volts|
|Charger||K and W BC-20|
This charger would often trip the GFI in
any kind of wet weather and we'd have to
go wipe everything with a towel before we
|Heater||We got a Russco heater that helped a |
little bit. It pumped fluid through
the original heater core. Not powerful
enough for South Dakota.
|DC/DC Converter||Sevcon |
The DC/DC converter did fail once or
twice, maybe due to not having a precharge
resistor back then?
|Instrumentation||ammeter and SOC|
|Top Speed||60 MPH (96 KPH)|
|Acceleration||Got to 60 after a while...but no problem |
driving in local traffic.
|Range||30 Miles (48 Kilometers)|
We never did get anywhere close to the 50
miles that was a selling point of the kit.
|Seating Capacity||5 adults|
|Conversion Time||A couple months maybe.. I was 16 and had |
never worked on cars before so it could
have been much quicker.
|Conversion Cost||About $11k altogether, with a paint job.|
|I did my driver's license test in this car.|
This was the only electric car in South Dakota that we knew
of at that time.
When I left for college, mom n' dad kept using it for a
while but eventually they needed something requiring less
We sold this car to a guy in Texas, who I belive also sold
it....I think I saw the ad for it when he was selling it and
the body had some rust problems by then...if anyone knows
where it is or if they used parts from it, let me know.