OwnerLynn Adams
Owner's Other EV1992 Honda Civic
LocationLittleton, Colorado United States map
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Vehicle1997 Chevrolet S-10E
MotorGeneral Motors 3-Phase AC
137 HP
DrivetrainGen1 EV1
ControllerGeneral Motors
100 kW
Batteries26, 13.00 Volt, Nickel-Metal Hydride
80 Ah
System Voltage343 Volts
Inductive 6.6 KW
HeaterHeat pump until it gets to Zero C, then a diesel heater kick in. Replaced the heater with a new one. If you have one of these heaters, be sure to run it every month or the insides get clogged and corroded
DC/DC Converter
Integrated into inverter
InstrumentationPalm Pilot with EV1Dash
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Acceleration0 to 50 in 9.9 seconds, 60 about 3 seconds later
Range70 Miles (112 Kilometers)
at highway speeds, over 100 miles at 45 mph stop and go. I have driven it in mixed traffic 45-70 and gone over 80 miles before the "Battery Life" light lit up
EV Miles
Start:12,600 Miles (20,273 Kilometers)
Current:30,600 Miles (49,235 Kilometers)
Total:18,000 Miles (28,962 Kilometers)
    As of 12/4/2006
Seating Capacity2 and 1/2 adults (pickup bench seat)
Curb Weight4,230 Pounds (1,922 Kilograms)
Conversion Timenone, OEM build
Conversion CostPurchased for around $21,000
Additional FeaturesOEM Built, has the same drive system as the no longer available EV1. This truck was originally lead acid powered, but was upgraded to a NiMH pack by EVBones. Truck has all the features expected of an OEM vehicle, Air Conditioning (which also cools the battery pack when charging), power steering and brakes, CD player, etc. 920 pounds payload capacity.
This truck easily makes my 40-44 mile one way commute to work while using between 22.5-35 Amp hours of the 75+ Amp Hours available. In an emergency, I should be able to immediately return home if necessary. Recharging at work keeps to around 40% discharge, which should ensure battery life. As of December 4, 2006 I have about 18,000 miles on this NiMH battery pack.

Weekly fuel costs about $19 per 500 miles in electricy from Windsource renewable power. If I want to take a long trip to Yellowstone, I'll use the fuel money I've saved to rent a motorhome!

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