rust repairNew chassisBattery BoxPlowing in Jan '08
OwnerMike Kugler
Owner's Other EVs1987 Kawasaki KLF110
1997 Honda CBR 600 F3
LocationHope Valley, Rhode Island US map
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Vehicle1971 General Electric GE Elec-Trak E14
electric tractor
MotorGeneral Electric Permanent Magnet DC
14 hp rated (electric) 36 Volt
Drivetrain36V belt driven to 4 speed manual transaxle. Electrically reversed, electrically controlled 2 speeds reverse, electrically controlled 3 speeds forward
ControllerGeneral Electric no controller
solenoid switching for 3 speeds forward, 2 reverse
Batteries6, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Factory used 6-6 Volt. I am currently using 3-12V SLA 100 AH MK batteries.
System Voltage36 Volts
ChargerGeneral Electric Onboard 115V AC input, 45 Volt output.
Nice having an on board charger.
HeaterSnow mobile suit
DC/DC Converter 18Volt tap
18 volt tap for lift mechanism and lights.
InstrumentationCharge level meter, "load" indicator, modified amp meter.
Top Speed8 MPH (12 KPH)
8MPH max. Low gear, max voltage has about 1 MPH speed but endless power.
AccelerationInstantaneous speed, make for a not so smooth ride in tight areas requiring many stops, forward and reverse and turns.
Range5 Miles ( 8 Kilometers)
Not sure about range. will plow snow in 25 F degree temps for over an hour. Plenty to plow the driveway. With chains and wheel weights, it will move deep wet snow no problem. Equal performance of the Cub Cadet 127 12 HP Hydrostatic I sold and replaced with this.
Watt Hours/MileNever Calculated
EV Miles
Current: Miles (0 Kilometers)
 
    As of 2/16/2008
Seating Capacity1 adult
Curb Weight800 Pounds (363 Kilograms)
about 950 Lbs with wheel weights and plow
Tires23-8.50 X 12
Conversion TimeNot converted, but restored for daily use from a rusting heap. 60 hours rust repair and painting.
Conversion Cost$200.
Additional FeaturesAdapted a plow from a Murry tractor. Came with a 42" mower. Using Wheel Horse wheel weights. Pulls a utility trailer full of wood no problem.
This is a heavy duty tractor that was ahead of it's time. GE spent a lot of effort making the controls work well and efficiently. It will mow for about 2 hours on a charge. It is very nice to be able to plow the driveway early in the morning or late at night and not wake up the whole neighborhood. A true pleasure to use. No hearing protection required, no smoke/smell. No maintenance issue like an ICE.

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