OwnerKerry Appel
LocationLa Junta, Colorado United States map
Email email image
Vehicle1968 Volkswagen Bug
MotorNetgain Impulse 9 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainRebirth motor adapter retaining flywheel and
clutch to original transaxle
ControllerEvnetics Soliton Junior
Batteries12 Deka GC 8V, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
8 volt golf cart batteries
System Voltage96 Volts
ChargerElcon PFC 1500
DC/DC ConverterMeanwell AC/DC Single Output 13.5 Volt
InstrumentationTBS E-Xpert Pro
Top Speed80 MPH (128 KPH)
Top speed regulated by motor controller
settings. I've set it more for economy than for
AccelerationProbably slightly better than stock VW Bug.
Again, acceleration determined by motor
controller settings.
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
Range is up to 30 miles at 30-35 mph. Probably
more like 12-15 miles at 55-65 mph.
EV Miles
Current:2,000 Miles (3,218 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight2,200 Pounds (999 Kilograms)
Tiresoriginal tires on donor car
Conversion Time3 weeks
Conversion Cost$12,000
Additional FeaturesLiquid cooling for motor controller - used only on hot summer days.
I studied EV conversions for a few months on the internet, decided what components I wanted, designed the installation, put it together in 3 weeks and it has operated with virtually no problems for 1 1/2 years now. I live in a small town and this is my primary around town car. I am considering putting photovoltaic panels on the garage roof and then having a zero pollution car.

code by jerry