Jim's joyBattCarSharp RideNice Signs
OwnerJim Waite
(former owner, EV has been sold)
LocationRedmond, Washington United States map
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Vehicle1982 BMW 320i
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainOriginal 5 speed transmission with clutch
ControllerDC Power Systems DCP-600 Raptor
Batteries12 Trojan SCS225, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
group 31, 130 Ah at C/20 rate
System Voltage144 Volts
120 VAC, from EV'sNW, 144 VDC (manual high/low ranges -
15 Amp / 5 Amp)
HeaterCeramic core (single element, about 6 Amp at 144 VDC)
DC/DC ConverterVicor Batmod
14.5 Amp
Instrumentationa) 0-500 Amp DC analog ammeter (night lighted,
dimmable, mounted in original equipment dashboard
b) 0-150 Volt DC analog voltmeter
Top Speed75 MPH (120 KPH)
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
EV Miles
Start:167,000 Miles (268,703 Kilometers)
Current:183,000 Miles (294,447 Kilometers)
Total:16,000 Miles (25,744 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight2,800 Pounds (1,272 Kilograms)
Tires(stock/radials) 185R14, running @ 40 psi
Near perfect condition vehicle purchased in '95 with 167K "ICE" miles, and although running great, would not pass emissions check without major overhaul.

EV conversion required ~225 hours (most evenings 9/95 to 2/96). Upgrade (July, 2000); included 144 VDC traction pack, ceramic interior heater, DC/DC converter.

Supportive employer happily installed 120 VAC, 15 amp (GFCI) circuit in outdoor parking lot for 8-hour shift "opportunity" charging.

Driven daily beginning May '96 for 10-26 mile commute, until sold in June 2002 with 16K+ "electric" miles, and provided 5+ years of near trouble-free operation (and virtually endless perpetuation of the "EV-Grin" :-)

The new owner (in Corvallis, Oregon) continues to use the vehicle as his primary "daily driver".

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