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OwnerR. M. Milliron
LocationLubbock, Texas United States map
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Vehicle1981 Ford Escort
Jet Electrica
MotorPrestolite MTC 4001 Series Wound DC
20 HP
serial number 3P

Jim Husted (was Hi-Torque Electric now JimErico) overhauled this motor. It now has timing advanced to 10 degrees. New, better quality brushes and bearings. No shorts and a decent paint job.
DrivetrainFactory 4 speed manual transmission with clutch, front wheel drive.
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla 1K-LV
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Batteries0.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
nothing right now trying to get up money for Lithium
ChargerSchumacher SC-1200A
Consists of eleven Schumacher speed chargers, one per battery.
HeaterWest Texas Sun
DC/DC ConverterIota DLS-45
45 amp, 96-180 volts in, 13.6 or 14.3 out, with IQ4 Smart-charger dongle
Bought from
Instrumentationstock Ammeter does not work and percent of charge gage that does. Tachometer used as an ammeter, hooked to Zilla for motor amps.
Top Speed50 MPH (80 KPH)
In second gear, not allowing the Zilla to draw more than 150 amps from the pack. It will go much faster.
AccelerationIt's better than the stock ICE.
Watt Hours/Mile
EV Miles
Start:14,025 Miles (22,566 Kilometers)
Current:15,877 Miles (25,546 Kilometers)
Total:1,852 Miles (2,979 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity5 adults, OK, 2 adults and 3 kids, or 2 adults and 2 kids and a puppy.
Curb Weight2,500 Pounds (1,136 Kilograms)
Running 700 pounds lighter than the 6 volt battery, 96 volt system.
TiresP165/80 13 inch really cheap tires, inflated to the maximum 44 pounds.
Conversion TimeThis is not a conversion, this car has never had an ICE. I bought the car Sept. 2005. Two years to get it running and drivable. Still working on small things like gages and upgrades.
Conversion Cost$2000 for car,$100 LED running lights, $200 tires/rims, $450 PowerCheq's, $530 chargers, $1135 batteries, $300 battery cables, $750 assorted stuff, $200 battery boxes, $50-4X8 sheet ABS plastic, $50 gas struts, $25 Vortekz delta wing generators, $250 dc-dc converter, $2150 Zilla 1kLV, $100 parts for Zilla cooling. $30 motor mounts. $50 tachometer. $30 PV panel.
Too darn much, I'm gonna quit counting!
Additional FeaturesClosed off the grill. Added an air dam, and side skirts, Vortekz. Had the rusted out front battery boxes remade. Coated the front battery boxes with spray in bedliner, inside and out. Replaced all of the cables with 2.0 gauge. Replaced tranny fluid with Mobil 1 synthetic. Upgrading from 96 to 120 volts. PowerCheq's. Added DC-DC converter. Replaced dead SCR controller with a Zilla 1K-LV, Cooling for the Zilla. Fixed the Roll Restricter with Gorilla Glue. Replaced dead motor mounts. Motor was sent to Jim Husted (JimErico). New horn. Fog lights. Tachometer. Small PV panel on the 12 volt side battery.
This machine had been garaged for 17 years. I have upgraded and made it operable. Tabitha, my daughter, named it, "Pikachu". It's yellow and black, electric and contains Japanese parts, so I went with it.

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