MotorEngine BayRear Batteries
OwnerChris Jones
LocationSanta Rosa, California US map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1966 Ford Mustang Convertible
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainElectro Automotive motor adapter kit. Clutch retained. 4 speed Ford Toploader transmission -- 2.78, 1.93, 1.36 and 1.00 ratios. 4.62 8" differential.
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
Batteries12 Valence U24-12XP, 12.80 Volt, Lithium-Ion
LiFePO4. BMS included.
System Voltage154 Volts
ChargerBrusa NLG-511-SA
Charge time 5 hours @ 240V/16A AC, 20 hours at 120V/8A.
HeaterDeferred for the moment. Plan to install under-hood fluid heater and pump and retaining stock heater core and hoses.
DC/DC ConverterElcon
Brusa DCDC died after 1.5 years; Inside doesn't look roadworthy mechanically. Replaced with Elcon which lasted 1.5 years; bias shunt resistors overheated, probably because they were potted. Bought another Elcon that looks different on the outside.
InstrumentationIndicator lights added under dash for charge and drive status and heat. Stock fuel and temp gages driven by BMS via current amplifier circuit. Isolated battery and motor current gages in process.
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Acceleration0-60 MPH in 23 seconds -- just enough.
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
Battery capacity dropped to 77% in just 2 years instead of >5 years as expected. Valence replaced the pack under warranty with cells from a new vendor they believe will last longer.
Watt Hours/Mile375 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:354,692 Miles (570,699 Kilometers)
Current:367,978 Miles (592,076 Kilometers)
Total:13,286 Miles (21,377 Kilometers)
    As of 5/31/2010
Seating Capacity4 adults. 708 lb payload. Trunk space not impacted.
Curb Weight2,971 Pounds (1,350 Kilograms)
TiresP19575R14 Yokohama AVIDs, good in rain, LRR TBD. Inflated to peak pressure rating of 35 PSI. 77.5" per revolution. Toed in 1/16", just enough for straight freeway driving.
Conversion TimeStarted 1/13/06. Got running 8/2/06 after 273 hours of shop time, including ~60 hours of wheel, brake and steering upgrades from 6 to 8 cylinder. Over 690 hours logged before I stopped counting. Still having fun.
Conversion Cost$29,449 EV parts only, after $755 federal rebate, plus ~$3K in wheel, brake and steering upgrades.
Additional FeaturesZero body and suspension modifications. Estimated only 35 lbs added per axle.
Charging offset by only 6 185 Watt home grid-tied photovoltaic panels.

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