D*ICEDWelding the tilt mechanismChanges to frame for battery boxesPreparing to Paint FramePainted FrameThe bed is back...Motor/clutch assemblyStabbing the motorThe WarP 9 in its new home
OwnerBill Fuqua
LocationHouston, Texas United States map
Vehicle2001 Chevrolet S10
S10 LS extended cab
MotorNetgain WarP 9 1- or 2-Phase AC
Motor to transmission adapter from Canadian Electric Vehicles
Drivetrain4.3L V6 with 5 speed manual transmission
ControllerEvnetics Soliton 1
Great folks and very good customer service. They answered tons
of questions and seemed to enjoy it in the process. The controller
works great.
Batteries76 CALB/Skyenergy 180 ah, 3.40 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
Four battery packs - three located under bed and one behind the
front seat.
System Voltage260 Volts
ChargerElcon PFC5000
Works but pretty much the low point of my project. I had trouble
with the charger recognizing 115 volts. I called the company in
California and asked what I could do... they said xxxx was wrong
and to ship it in. I had to pay for shipping both ways and they
charged me $50 to check it out. To top it off the charger had to
set for more than a week because the one person who chould
check it was on vacation. Very, Very Sorry customer service.
HeaterI replaced the water coil in the dash with a ceramic element.
DC/DC Converter 170-300V 45 amp
Chennic DC converter from EV West. Works fine
InstrumentationLots of them... A Xantrex LinkPro and Zeva Fuel Gauge Plus (not
functional yet) from EV West. I also added an EMW EV Android
Dashboard from Electric Motor Werks. The EV Android Dashboard
is working through my ASTEROID Smart by Parrot which is a two
din in dash unit.
Top Speed90 MPH (144 KPH)
Been to 90 so far... would have done more but I really didn't want
the ticket.
AccelerationI will clock later
Range100 Miles (160 Kilometers)
I am estimating 80 miles. The max I have been so far is 40
miles between charges
Seating CapacityS10 extended cab. Used to seat 3 but I put the charger where the
jump seat used to be
TiresStock wheels with Michelin low roll resistance tires.
Conversion TimeStarted phase one (basic conversion) of this conversion during
Thanksgiving weekend 2012. Had my first drive in June. I
worked lots of weekends but not too many nights after work.
This included massive non-EV work to the truck... bakes, shocks,
ball joints, etc

Started Phase two (interior) in July. I expect to have it finished in
October. This includes sound deadening material, carpet new
seats, heater core changeout and permanent installation of
gauges in dash.

Phase Three will be a good paint job, new wheels and new tires.
It will start so I have it all completed by Thanksgiving..

So, One year total
Conversion CostApprox 30K
Thanks goodness for the internet and all of the information folks have shared...

A summation of resources and products:

EV West - Matt and Michael are great folks, extremely helpful and had reasonable prices for
top quality products. EVWEST.COM

Canadian Electric Vehicles - Randy has great products and very good service. The motor
adapter from them fit and worked great. CANEV.COM

Finish Master - these folks did a great job of matching my dash paint.

EV America - Bob was very helpful and sold me the original conversion kit. It was reasonably
priced and he has a great instruction manual. At the time he wasn't really into Lithium
batteries so I went else where for the batteries and charger. EVAMERICA.COM

EVTV - a ton of very good information if you have time to listen to a very long video. Some
good products but mostly good info. EVTV.ME

Elcon Chargers - Works on 230 but does not work on 130. Sent it back to the factory and
they said it worked fine.... got it back and it does not work and NO customer support to make
it work. VERY, VERY, VERY poor customer service from these folks... the ONLY problem on the
entire conversion. I would NOT buy any product from these guys... ever...

Bartuning, Inc - Houston. This is THE place in Houston for repairs and upgrades of high
quality, high performance vehicles. They love their work and loved the challenges I brought
them with my electric conversion. www.bartuning.com

J1772 Active Vehicle Control - nice little circuit board I purchased from EV West. This module
allows me to use J1772 and it automatically turns the charge station on. Get one...

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