HoodTrunkBack seat
OwnerAdrian DeLeon
Owner's Other EVs
1993 Toyota Truck
LocationCoos Bay, Oregon United States map
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Vehicle1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet
MotorNetgain Impulse 9 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainStock 5 speed transaxle
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla 1K-LV
HEPI pedal
Batteries38 Thunder Sky 160AH, 3.20 Volt, Lithium-Polymer
3x 7 cells in trunk. 1x 7 and 2x 5 cells under the hood.
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC-20
Heater2 x 1500W ceramic ($15 each from True Value)
DC/DC Converter Absopulse BAP319
Custom made for 114V input. 500W output, should do 700W+ with forced air cooling. Expensive ($700) but rock solid! Stock models should be less expensive.
InstrumentationVolts, Amps, Clean Power Auto EV Display & Mini-BMS
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
Highest local speed limit is 40 MPH.
AccelerationBetter than stock. Can be sluggish on steep hills with 350A programmed current limit.
Range50 Miles (80 Kilometers)
Longest trip: 35 miles. Drove just like it did fresh off the charger!
Watt Hours/Mile270 Wh/Mile
Kill-A-Watt measured 4kWHr from the wall after driving 13-14 miles.
EV Miles
Current:27,000 Miles (43,443 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults + 2 kids
Curb Weight2,550 Pounds (1,159 Kilograms)
Estimated. Was 3450 with 19 T-105 batteries.
TiresSumitomo HTR-200 (LRR)
Conversion Time7 months at ~5 hours/week.
Conversion Cost$13,400 Includes many reuseable tools :)
+$8,000 for the Thundersky cells
Additional FeaturesPower brakes (MES-DEA)
LED tail/turn/marker lights
Converted to manual steering.

IOTA and Zivan DC/DC didn't work well when battery voltage dropped under 115V. Output voltage sagged below 10V...

First pack of T-105 batteries only lasted 9,000 miles. Then I discovered my odometer doesn't work when it gets warm outside, so actual mileage was probably over 12,000 miles.

To do:
1) Charger interlock safety switch

Wish list:
1) Belly pan
2) More water proofing under the hood

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