MotorEngine BayRear Batteries
OwnerChris Jones
LocationSanta Rosa, California United States 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"
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
HeaterOriginal MES-DEA system failed. Replacing with
EV source one chamber model, under construction.
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 heater. Stock fuel and
temp gages driven by BMS via current amplifier
circuit. Isolated battery and motor current
gages drive 2 stock charge gages, one
replacing the oil gage.
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Acceleration0-60 MPH in 23 seconds -- just enough.
Range42 Miles (67 Kilometers)
42 miles was the range when batteries were
new. First battery pack capacity dropped to
77% in just 2 years and was replaced under
warranty. The second pack has lasted 8 years;
one cell abruptly has dropped down to about
65% but has stayed there, so the range is
currently only about 27 miles. I plan to get
a used replacement module since Valence's
newer version isn't compatible.
Watt Hours/Mile375 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:354,692 Miles (570,699 Kilometers)
Current:394,692 Miles (635,059 Kilometers)
Total:40,000 Miles (64,360 Kilometers)
    As of 8/22/2016
Seating Capacity4 adults. 708 lb payload. Trunk space not
Curb Weight2,971 Pounds (1,350 Kilograms)
TiresP19575R14 inflated to peak pressure rating of 35
PSI. 77.5" per revolution. Toed in only 1/16",
just enough for straight freeway driving.
Conversion TimeConversion took 213 hours of shop time to get on
the road between March and July 2006, plus ~60
hours of brake and steering upgrades from 6 to 8
cylinder to carry more weight. Have spent over
400 hours since then making improvements.
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.
4K miles driven per year offset by only 8 185 Watt home grid-tied
photovoltaic panels.

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