|Location||Richmondville, New York US map|
|Vehicle||1971 General Electric E20 |
Electric Garden Tractor
|Motor||General Electric Permanent Magnet DC|
New Old Stock drive motor.
|Drivetrain||4-speed Peerless transaxle in combination with 8-speed electronic foot |
pedal - 32 speeds total.
New components replaced 40 year-old components - contactors, relays, resistors, diodes, electronic component cards, etc.
|Batteries||6 Interstate Duracell, 6.00 Volt,|
|System Voltage||36 Volts|
|Charger||General Electric |
Transformer, capacitor, diodes, heat sinks
|Heater||Layers. Plus hand & feet warmers.|
|Instrumentation||Stock ammeter and volt meter disguised as fuel and power use |
gauges. Watts Up meter installed to monitor module output.
|Top Speed||8 MPH (12 KPH)|
Much faster down hill in neutral.
|Range||8 Miles (12 Kilometers)|
Estimated to reach half charged batt pack
|Seating Capacity||One (or two if factory double seat is installed)|
|Curb Weight||1 Pounds (0 Kilograms)|
Estimated including tractor, mower deck, batteries, solar module &
|Tires||10.5 x 12 x 24 rears|
6.5 x 8 x 18 front
Both are oversize vs factory skins which were too small for my taste
|Conversion Time||Tractor - 6 months.|
Solar - 3 weeks
|Conversion Cost||Tractor - somewhere South of $2,000 incl batteries.|
Solar - $700
|Additional Features||225 watt SolarWorld module, Genasun MPPT charge controller, tube steel & angle iron support framework, Watts Up power meter, in-line fuse, main disconnect, various hardware.|
Have (had) the following factory extras:
Welder, 36v to 110v inverter, chainsaw, hedge trimmer, grass trimmer, hand cultivator, sidewalk edger, drill heads, hitches, 1,00# dump cart, mower deck, dozer blade, snow blower, rototiller (sold), sickle bar (sold).
Other attachments available: see my website.
|The module started charging the batt pack the second I rolled it out of the shop. Haven't yet used the 110v factory charger since the solar install. Drove it 5 miles round trip to a Solar Forum event and it was the hit of the evening.|