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OwnerWillie McKemie
Owner's Other EVs1999 Ford Ranger
2007 Hyundai Accent
2011 Nissan Leaf
2008 Zap PK
LocationDale, Texas United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1981 Ford Jet Electrica
Escort body
MotorPrestolite Series Wound DC
20 HP motor, initially running 96 v (16x6), now running 144 v (3.2x45)
Drivetrain4-Speed Manual Transmission
ControllerSynkromotive 750 amp, 180v
Replaces a Logisystem which replaced a 120 v Curtis.
Batteries45 Thunder Sky TS-LFP260, 3.20 Volt, Lithium-Ion
This has the same battery pack as my Hyundai Accent.
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
My Hyundai is sharing the charger with this car. It has been set up with plugs to be easily swappable.
HeaterThe propane heater has been disabled and its vent opening cover w/ aluminum tape, and was replaced by a 12v heater fan
DC/DC ConverterBelktronix
InstrumentationTBS Xpert-Pro. It gives me pack voltage, charge or discharge rate in amps, total energy expended in amp-hours. And a few other parameters.
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
Estimated, not yet tested.
Range120 Miles (193 Kilometers)
Maybe more. I've measured 1 amp-hour per mile which is about half the expected. I'm looking for errors.
Watt Hours/Mile144 Wh/Mile
I'm looking for errors.
EV Miles
Current:13,000 Miles (20,917 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults
There is still room for two rear passengers, but currently no cushions.
Curb Weight3,000 Pounds (1,363 Kilograms)
I'm not sure of the above weight; I haven't weighed it. LFP pack is about 900 pounds which should be less than the 16 GC batteries that were in it.
Conversion TimeProfessional conversion. The car has never had a gas engine. It was converted from lead to lithium by Wayne at EV-Blue. He also rebuilt the motor. Gary Ellis, dba Reincarnation Motors, then did significant clean up and refining.
Conversion Cost$8K as a used lead car, about $20K for the battery, and about $10K worth of labor and other parts. Just under $40K.
Additional FeaturesThe radio is the original and is just a basic AM/FM radio.

As of 11/16/9, I'm doing the initial balance on the battery. Acceleration is still modest, but obviously better than with 96v of lead. I estimate top speed to be about 65 mph, so it is not a highway car. I am reluctant to press the small motor. With the enforced slower speeds, the range should be greater than with my Hyundai which is about 120 miles.

Logisystem controller blew up after 30 miles and the car sits for nearly two years while I deal with Hyundai problems.

In July 2011, Steve Clunn, WebPage installed the Synkromotive controller and performed significant clean up work, including upgrading to minBMS cell modules installed via drilled terminal bolts.

Car needs front end work before it can be driven much.

This car has been decommissioned. I just had no use for it and it's value is to low to consider selling. The battery is sitting in a barn waiting for repurposing opportunities to appear.

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