Circuit breakerCharger & rear packE-meter
OwnerBob Bath
Owner's Other EV2013 Nissan Leaf
LocationGrants Pass, Oregon United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1992 Honda Civic DX
This vehicle was sold in Nov. '12.
MotorAdvanced DC 203-06-4001 Series Wound DC
8." 5th generation Honda engines rotate opposite of
nearly every car on the market, so it was necessary to
properly "advance" this motor.
DrivetrainStock 5-speed transmission; 2nd gear used 80% of the
ControllerDC Power Systems DCP-1200 Raptor
1200 Amp, with resistive throttle.
Batteries18 US Battery 8VGC, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
coming up on 3 years old. Make sure to order single
caps, and L-terminals! 9 in front; 9 in rear, sunk nice &
low to leave room for guitars & amps-- Civvies were
_made_ to be EVs! You'll be able to pull 10-12 kWh from
the pack.
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC20
I pull 35 amps when I first plug this charger in, and
generally charge from 220V outlets. Charger has been
reliable, quiet, and versatile.
HeaterCeramic core, 3000 watts. Removing center console
diversion grille during harsh OR winter months keeps the
front windshield defrosted just fine.
DC/DC ConverterBelktronix 60 Amps
baby-- we're talkin' SERIOUS "MORE POWER" on the 12V
aux. line! They're a new company, but DANG they make a
great product!
InstrumentationSpeedometer, E-meter mounted in pod pillar. Have wired battery indicator to stay on while vehicle is powered up.
Top Speed82 MPH (131 KPH)
in 3rd. Haven't tried 4th or 5th.
AccelerationAccelerates better than stock from 0-40.
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
depending on temp., load, speed, etc. This is a
summertime rating, solo driver, 55 mph, minor hill work:
"Your mileage may vary"
Watt Hours/Mile225 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:98,000 Miles (157,682 Kilometers)
Current:126,000 Miles (202,734 Kilometers)
Total:28,000 Miles (45,052 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity5 adults
Curb Weight3,260 Pounds (1,481 Kilograms)
TiresBrand new Eclipse 165-70R13 pumped to 40 PSI. Don't
forget your
adjustable Ground Control coil-overs and Koni Yellow
shocks upgrade to deal with the weight...
Conversion Time1.5 years, mostly waiting for the adapter plate and
battery racks.
Conversion Cost$11,200 plus the car itself. (Included first set of batteries).
Additional FeaturesMP3 input to hook up the iPod to! Sunroof to vent heat in summer months. (Isn't
convection great)?! 50/50 weight split between the batteries. Circuit breaker
neatly mounted under hand brake. Tinted windows; upgraded wheels.
If you're interested in converting a 5th generation Civic (92-95), click
WebPage and follow the link to my
journal. If you're even more eager after reading the webpage and webjournal, you
can Paypal $23 to, and I'll send you a 59 min. long DVD that
features the hatchback model I based my conversion on; my vehicle; and even a
del Sol-- each of which has 18 batteries. The video discusses battery and
component placement, ins- and outs of converting 5th generation Civics, etc.

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