Out with the ICEBeefing up suspensionBattery BoxNew Motor Installed!Making ProgressGaugesSolar panel
OwnerCoby Skye & Gabrielle Weeks
LocationLong Beach, California United States map
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Vehicle1999 Geo Metro
Free donor Vehicle
MotorAzure Dynamics/Solectria AC24 3-Phase AC
DrivetrainFWD, previously a 1.0 L 3 cyl
ControllerAzure Dynamics/Solectria DMOC445
Batteries72 GBS 100 Ah LiFeMnPO4, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
After a couple of lead acid packs (156V) we
upgraded to a fantastic Lithium Ion pack.
the range, less weight, more power, faster
acceleration, and will last 2-3x longer. Best
decision we've made.
System Voltage230 Volts
ChargerElcon PFC 2500
Upgraded from an excellent Manzanita Micro PFC-
20 to an ElCon PFC 2500, with Can BUS.
HeaterThought about getting a small heater that plugs
into the lighter socket but never got around to
it - its So. Cal. so we don't need a heater
DC/DC Converter Hood-mounted Solar Panel
Previously used a CC Power C400 model
but it suddenly stopped working. I
know this model works well for many
people but I decided instead to use a
solar trickle charger to recharge the
house battery. I also installed a basic 12V
onboard charger, when the traction pack
recharges so does the 12V.
Instrumentation3 pack from ElectroAutomotive: 6-16 volts for
the house battery; 115 - 175 Volts for pack
voltage (serves as "fuel" gauge); and
-200.0.+200 Ammeter (see photo of these in
Top Speed90 MPH (144 KPH)
With lighter batteries, acceleration is really
good and I can drive on freeways with ease.
AccelerationMuch better than the old 3 cyl.
Range100 Miles (160 Kilometers)
Previous range with the lead batteries ws
about 35 miles of fwy driving, 45-55 miles
around town depending on hills, driving style,
etc. Now I can comfortably go 100 miles with
typical driving, and if I hypermile I can go
much further.
Watt Hours/Mile260 Wh/Mile
Rough estimate.
EV Miles
Start:188,300 Miles (302,974 Kilometers)
Current:214,400 Miles (344,969 Kilometers)
Total:26,100 Miles (41,994 Kilometers)
    As of 3/16/2019
Seating Capacity2 adults (took out the back seat for
Curb Weight1,859 Pounds (844 Kilograms)
Prior to conversion process, about 2,500 with
lead acid batteries.
TiresPut new Falken ZE-512 (low rolling resistance)
195/60R15s on the Acura rims that the previous
owner got. They work great! Even steering is
easier when stopped (since the car never had
power steering, that is a good thing).
Conversion Timetoo long (our first conversion, so
everything is a learning process :)
Conversion CostVehicle - donated
A/C Kit from EA - $11K
Brakes/Suspension - $500
Batteries - (lead acid, x2) $2,500
New Li-Ion batteries, BMS, Charger, etc - $12k
Elcon Charger - $700

Other misc:
Pioneer audio/visual system - $250
AVCON Adapter - $250
Battery Box - $40 from a friend (thanks
Professional services (welding, wiring,
etc.) - approx. $2,500
Additional FeaturesInstalled interface to the Azure Dynamics Controller in the cabin,
makes it easier to get readings and make adjustments.

Added a solar trickle charger for the house battery, to
replace the DC to DC converter which suddenly went dead.

(Installed the AVCON adapter into the vehicle; then upgraded to

Installed Pioneer AVH-X2700BS system, for bluetooth connection to
my phone, much better sound system and mirroring of phone app for
new BMS, etc.

Oh, and really cool "Knyght Rider" inspired lights:
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Installed A/C Light Vehicle Kit from Electro Automotive

Got new Li batteries, BMS and charger from Electric Motor Sports

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