FinishedJust painted.PlatformTilt bedCar ShowBatter Charger mounted
OwnerFreddie & Linda Hartsell
LocationMonroe, North Carolina United States map
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Vehicle1991 Dodge Dakota - Regular cab
MotorNetgain Warp 9 Series Wound DC
Drivetrain2.5L 4 cylinder ICE engine with 5 speed transmission. I will retain the transmission and clutch system with the new EV system.
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
Batteries24 Interstate U2400, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerBycan BY-120/132/144-25A
Mounted in the engine compartment.
HeaterNone yet.
DC/DC Converter None
Using 12 volt deep cycle battery with charging system.
InstrumentationVoltmeter and Ammeter
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
Still testing
Range35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
Watt Hours/MileIn testing phase.
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight3,042 Pounds (1,382 Kilograms)
I got the truck weighted and it now weights 4060 with a little over 1400 lbs of batteries.
TiresGoodyear 235-70-15
Conversion TimeStill working
Conversion Cost7000.00
Additional FeaturesThanks to Randy and all of the great people at Canadian Electric Vehicles Ltd. for the great adapter kit that they made for me. They were willing to take on making the kit for the Dakota without having made one before for this model. Worked the first time with no problems. Great job, Thanks,
(2-31-07) Entered the truck in it's first car show today. I had the only electric vehicle in the car show. I had a lot of people that stopped and looked at it. I must have answered at least a million questions about the truck. I had a great time and hopefully I got a lot of people interested in electric vehicles.(1/15/07) Got the truck weighted today and it now weighs 4060 with 20 batteries and the new bed. Then I drove it into town for a new set of Goodyear 235/70/15 tires. I had a problem on Sunday when I went to check the batteries for water. I found one of the battery post was cracked. I went on and removed it. I found a local battery company that repaired it for me. I will put it back into the pack this week. Round trip for today was 35 miles on 19 batteries.
(1/4/07) Drove the truck 30.2 miles round trip to get it inspected. I am planning on getting it weighed next week and then I will get a new set of tires and the front end aleigned.
(12/12/06) Took it out for a 5 mile test run last night. All systems worked. I am going to start taking it on longer trips to try to determine what the range is. The battery charger came in last Friday and I have it working on 110 only. I am going to wire up the 220 connection this weekend. I am getting some noise out of the transmission but I think that is from the truck sitting in the junk yard for about three years. Hopefully it will get better with time.
(11/18/06)Completed the first full pack test of the system today. All drive systems are wired and working. Tested motor and controller with rearend on jack stands to be sure that everything was ok. Eveything worked as planned. Next test will be the first road test this coming weekend.
(10/21/06). I am going to start wiring up the 12 volt systems this weekend also.
11/01/06 - Batteries are in and all cables are completed. Wiring up the electronics and the 12 volt systems now. Mounting controller and vacuum system for power brakes. It won't be long now.
I have been building this vehicle for the past two month. Just got the truck back from the paint shop yesterday so I am now starting to put everything together. New: The motor & adapter is in. We are putting the Batteries into the battery boxes this weekend

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