OwnerNick Viera
LocationSan Antonio, Texas United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1988 Jeep Cherokee
4-door XJ Pioneer Body
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC
DrivetrainAX-15 5-speed manual transmission and NP231 part-time 4x4 transfer case
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla 1K LV
Batteries20 Trojan T-875, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage160 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC30
DC/DC ConverterTodd PC30
InstrumentationSpeedometer/Odometer, Tachometer, Battery loop Ammeter, 12 Volt system Voltmeter, Cruising Equipment E-meter
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
tested, so far
AccelerationBetter than stock
Range35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
maximum per charge
Watt Hours/Mile560 Wh/Mile
Average energy consumption
Seating Capacity4 to 5 adults
Curb Weight4,500 Pounds (2,045 Kilograms)
TiresPirelli Scorpion STR A (P225/75/R15 size)
Conversion Time14 months; see my website for details
Conversion CostAbout $10,000
Additional FeaturesFully functional four wheel drive system using the stock part-time transfer case; Power steering and power brakes; Custom-made L.E.D. light modules for most exterior and some interior lighting; Modular cordset allows easy connectivity to a variety of different 120 VAC and 240 VAC power outlets
Operating cost was: $0.12 USD per mile as a gasoline powered vehicle. Assuming a residential electrical cost of $0.07 per Kilowatt-hour, my Jeep's operating cost is: $0.04 USD per mile as an Electric Vehicle. Thus if the Jeep was gasoline-powered it would cost about $25 USD to travel 200 miles (a tank of gas), whereas traveling the same distance using electricity costs just $8 USD (a $17 USD savings!!!)

I began my Jeep Cherokee conversion before my 17th birthday, and finished it when I was 18 and a senior in High School! If I can build a practical, working Electric Vehicle in less than 15 months in my home garage; working on weekends (at times with a few friends), THEN SO CAN YOU!!!

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