OwnerWilliam Brinsmead
Owner's Other EVs1994 Chevrolet S-10 (sold)
1996 APS Bus ( scrapping for parts and batteries
Little Boy
My 1st EV
1973 Cadillac Hearse
2011 Nissan Leaf
2015 Tesla P85D
LocationReno, Nevada United States map
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Vehicle1992 GMC one ton Vandura
These 600 EVs were full-size vans with a
General Motors body style (one-ton Vandura)
that was modified for electric propulsion by
Conceptor Corporation, a subsidiary of Vehma
International, originally it had a GVWR of
8,600 pounds. It is equipped with an auxiliary
heater powered by diesel fuel. After the
NiCads were added it now weighs 7000 lbs.
MotorNelco Separately Excited DC
DrivetrainMotor bolted to a one speed gearbox with parking
lock, Drive line connects to rear facing
Old tech, but great controller, very effective
regenerative braking
Batteries36 Saft STM 180, 216.00 Volt, Nickel-Cadmium, Flooded
System Voltage216 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC 20
Heaterdiesel hot water uses stock heater system
DC/DC Converter
30-40 amp, built into the controller
InstrumentationLink 10
Top Speed55 MPH (88 KPH)
AccelerationSurprisingly good considering it weighs 7000
Range50 Miles (80 Kilometers)
On level ground I have approched 70 Miles
Watt Hours/Mile500 Wh/Mile
Costs me about 10 cents per mile
EV Miles
Start:3,000 Miles (4,827 Kilometers)
Current:40,000 Miles (64,360 Kilometers)
Total:37,000 Miles (59,533 Kilometers)
    As of 3/16/2019
Seating Capacity5 adults plus 8 feet of cargo
Curb Weight7,000 Pounds (3,181 Kilograms)
I have carried up to 1200 lbs of cargo. Also
towed a friends dead 4 wheel drive up hill!
Conversion CostI have 10k$+ in it. It cost the government over
60k$ new
Additional FeaturesPowerful air conditioning
I bought the first one in Reno and my friends bought 3 more, two of
those are now also running. For a total of 3
screaming big EVs here in Reno, The sound is especially weird when it
is in regen down hill, It is due to the straight cut gears in the
reduction unit. In Reno our local ev club is at
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