LocationEverett, Washington United States map
Vehicle1964 Volkswagen Beetle
converted to a beach buggy years ago
MotorPrestolite MTC 4001 Series Wound DC
Drivetrain40 HP VW Beetle transaxle, R&P 4.375
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla Z1k-HV
Batteries38 Thunder Sky TS-LFP60AHA, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
These cells where made in February 2010 and are the newer
LiFeYPO4 type cells.
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC-20
The charger is off-board and plugs in in front of the left rear
HeaterWhy in a roadster?
DC/DC ConverterKelly HWZ series 108 volt
84-146 volt input, 13.5 volt 25 amp output
no 12 Volt system battery
InstrumentationSpeedometer (modified '66 Beetle)
Range35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
It had a 30 mile range with 32 LiFePO4 cells, it should easily
be 35 miles with the upgrade to 38 cells.
Watt Hours/Mile200 Wh/Mile
200 watt hours per mile is typical in-town consumption.
Freeway power use is about 300 watt hours per mile.
Seating Capacity2 adults, plus 2 eating bugs
Curb Weight1,200 Pounds (545 Kilograms)
Estimated weight based on weighing what was removed and
what was installed. It weighed 1100 lb. as a VW power car
before conversion and 1420 lb. when first converted with a
lead acid pack.
Tireslow rolling resistance (LLR) in classic big and little sizes
Continental EcoContact P145/65R15 front
Goodyear Integrity P215/70R15 rear
Additional FeaturesPurple paint (custom mix)
Neon lights
Plasma Boy tells me the motor is "in your face"
I thought it was hanging out back :-)

code by jerry