Right FrontInteriorUnder HoodBattery watering system controlMain power connectionsController with cover offWater LinesBatteriesTaken when owned by Dave Davidson
OwnerJeff Richards
LocationEldersburg, Maryland US map
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Vehicle1993 Dodge Caravan (OEM Electric) TEVan
Manufactured by Chrysler on a Dodge Caravan platform.
Never had a gas engine in it. The VIN identifies it as an
electric vehicle. Completely restored Fall of 2006 by Jeff Richards.
Was owned by Dave Davidson. Purchased Fall of 2006.
MotorGeneral Electric 5BT2348C13 Separately Excited DC
35 - 70 HP DC motor, 8,000 RPM Max, Shunt wound,
Separately Excited.
Drivetrain2 speed transmission with clutch and park
ControllerGeneral Electric
solid-state microprocessor, CAN bus.
Batteries30 Saft STM5-180, 6.00 Volt, Nickel-Cadmium, Flooded
in 6 dismountable pods under floor. These batteries last for
over 20 years and over 100,000 Miles.
System Voltage180 Volts
ChargerMartin-Marietta
on-board with multiple Voltages, 240 single phase and 208
3 phase.
Heater8.8 Kw electric (HOT!) AC
DC/DC ConverterGeneral Electric
120 Amps
InstrumentationFactory gauges
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Fast enough for highway driving
AccelerationNot bad for this 5,000 lb vehicle.
0-50 in 26 seconds.
Range50 Miles (80 Kilometers)
I've driven 50 miles on a charge, haven't drained it
completely.
Rated to go 70 miles, YMMV.
Watt Hours/MileEnergy use from Dodge testing
EV Miles
Start:13,036 Miles (20,974 Kilometers)
Current:14,806 Miles (23,822 Kilometers)
Total:1,770 Miles (2,847 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity5 with lots of room for cargo.
Curb Weight5,030 Pounds (2,286 Kilograms)
TiresP20575R15 LRR
Conversion TimeRebuilt in Fall of 2006. Took 2 months to completely restore this van.
Was owned by Dave Davidson. Purchased Fall of 2006.
Conversion Cost$120,000 on factory sticker! About $3,000 spent on
restoration.
Additional Featuresa) Automatic battery watering system w/manual override
b) Regenerative braking
c) Power Brakes
d) Power Steering
e) AM/FM Stereo
f) Driver's side airbags
g) Intermittent wipers
h) Serious electric heat
i) Spare controller & power cords
j) Complete factory service manuals for Caravan and TEVan systems
Manufactured by Chrysler on a Dodge Caravan platform. Never had a gas engine in it.
The VIN identifies it as an electric vehicle. All of the electrical components are General
Electric. It's ROOMY, fun and inexpensive to drive.

Done in Fall 2006 by Jeff Richards: replaced battery blower fan, motor fan brushes, traction motor
brushes, water lines, brakes, nine batteries, accelerator micro switch, trans fluid, and
added switch for regen braking.

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