87 Suzuki SamuraiUnder the hoodFully carpetted bedUnder the carpetThe driver's seatUnder the driver's seat
OwnerStorm Connors
LocationBarkhamsted, Connecticut United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1987 Suzuki Samurai
After market hard top for winter use.
MotorAdvanced DC Series Wound DC
DrivetrainStock 5 speed, dual range, 4 wheel drive
ControllerDC Power Systems Raptor 600 upgraded to 1200
Upgraded during rebuild by Peter Senkowski
Batteries18 US Battery GC8V, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
11 batteries below floor, 7 (+house 12v)
under hood.
System Voltage144 Volts
Charger Netgain 3Kw
Automatic charger from
HeaterCeramic element from a household heater
replacing heater core.
DC/DC ConverterIota DLS55
Designed as a battery maintainer for RV
batteries, this switch mode charger works on
DC. My guess is that this caused the fire
which destroyed the vehicle.
InstrumentationAmmeter, Voltmeter, Trimetric (amps, volts,
amp hrs since charge, % remaining, cumulative
amp hours.) see www.bogartengineering.com
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
I don't like to take the Samurai over 60. It
is a narrow, short wheelbase, with leaf
spring suspension. Also has the aerodynamics
of a brick
AccelerationNot earth shaking, but adequate
Range35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
It falls off dramatically in cold weather.
Watt Hours/Mile448 Wh/Mile
Average over last 1400 mi. measured with a
meter at the outlet (thus taking into account
the efficiency of the charger). This is a
very hilly area.
EV Miles
Start:72,740 Miles (117,038 Kilometers)
Current:80,915 Miles (130,192 Kilometers)
Total:8,175 Miles (13,153 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight3,320 Pounds (1,509 Kilograms)
Without driver.
TiresTitan Radial load range C ST205-75 R15
Conversion Time9 months of not so steady work. Lots of body
work needed doing and 5 battery boxes were
constructed and suspended beneath the floor.
Conversion CostAround $5000
Additional Features"Stainless Steel Brakes" vacuum booster pump
from Summit Racing provides the brake assist.

Driveshaft mounted parking brake from
LowRange off-road.

Computer slot fans installed in each battery
box to ventilate the them while charging. Not
used much because the Netgain pulse mode
charger doesn't gas the batteries much.
This is a pretty spartan vehicle. Not much in
the way of creature comforts. Lots of
pictures of the building at
WebPage /> kiEV

Vehicle (and garage) destroyed by fire April
14, 2011

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