The MotorThe instrumentsThe batteriesA back viewUnder the front hoodThe Bug SuspensionThe suspension pieces
OwnerFrank A. Jones
LocationCamarillo, California United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1965 Volkswagen Bug
Yellow, almost totally stock.
MotorGeneral Electric Series Wound DC
Used Forklift Motor
DrivetrainSwing Axle standard transmission
ControllerCurtis 500 Amp
Batteries12 Lifeline GPL-31T, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
I just changed the batteries as of 02-24-
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
220 VAC 19Amps -144VDC 18Amps
HeaterNone, dude I live in Camarillo California, I
don't need a heater.
Instrumentation0 - 500amp meter
114VDC - 175VDC meter
0 - 16VDC meter
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
0 - 45 in second gear
45 - 70 in third gear
Have not used 4th gear yet, I don't think I
will need too either.
Acceleration0 - 40 in about 10 seconds
40 - 60 in about 10 seconds
(These speeds are if I go "Pedal to the
Metal", not how I normal drive the EV-Bug.)
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
I have tested the Bug on the freeway now
that the suspension has been fixed. The car
runs great on the freeway, although the Bug
does draw more amps than driving around
EV Miles
Start:47,432 Miles (76,318 Kilometers)
Current:47,511 Miles (76,445 Kilometers)
Total:79 Miles (127 Kilometers)
Seating CapacityTwo maybe three if they duck
Curb Weight2,700 Pounds (1,227 Kilograms)
weighed on a truck scale both front, back,
and total.
Front = 860lb
Rear = 1840lbs
Total = 2700lbs
Conversion Time5.5 months
Conversion CostCar = $1,700.00
Conversion = $6,000.00
front and rear disk brakes = $1,500.00
Suspension = $1,150.00
Additional FeaturesWe machined the adapter plate ourselves using a lathe and mill.
Custom built battery boxes. We got really lucky with wire lugs,
our neighbor works for Southern California Edison and managed
to get me some really good 2/0 lugs. We also were able to use
the crimper to install the lugs. As I stated in the cost
section, I had front and rear disk brakes installed due to the
extra weight.
Love the Bug, it gets me around town well. I just installed the
AVCON adapter to allow me to charge at various locations. I
just had new 27mm Torsion bar and adjustable spring plates
installed to improve the suspension. Now the Bug sits like a
normal bug and not like a low rider. The efficiency of the axle
has improved my performance. This has resulted in lower amp
draw and longer range.

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