OwnerAlexandre Polianski
Owner's Other EVsElectric Wasp
Electric Unicycle
LocationChristchurch, Canterbury New Zealand map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1974 Vauxhall Viva
Motorunknown Series Wound DC
This is doubleshafted dc motor was manufactured for Crown company to be installed into forklift the origin is unknown but looks like Advanced DC of 9th series
DrivetrainStock four speed clutchless gearbox
ControllerCurtis 1204-410
Was designed for Club Car golf cart originally 0nly 225 Amp so I opened it up and found that instead of 18 mosfets they installing only 9 so I added other 9 and now can move the car from third gear easily
Batteries76 Saft 6140-01-131-9696, 1.20 Volt, Nickel-Cadmium, Flooded
This batteries were supplied to Scott Base in Antarctica to be a replacement for storage battery pack but being manufactured in 1988 they never been used their shelf life ended in 2002 and they were removed to New Zealand to collect some dust till 2008 when I came across with those cells.
System Voltage48 Volts
ChargerClub Car
Computer controlled charger modified to work without computer.
HeaterDid not installed yet car still under construction
DC/DC Converter
Converts 48v-36-24 into 12V 20A
InstrumentationOld forklift 62V voltmeter.
Top Speed38 MPH (61 KPH)
Actually get even 50 mph but on 4th gear and amp draw is to high for this tiny battery pack 37.5 mph is the top speed for the 3rd gear and the speed this car is comfortably moving around.
Accelerationacceptable ap to 18 mph after that people is not that happy behind you.
Range19 Miles (30 Kilometers)
tested it around neighborhood , in a city traffic and get 30 km of single charge and car still movable but slow.
Watt Hours/MileNot that educated to calculate,but i think quite economical for this small battery pack
EV Miles
Start:74,800 Miles (120,353 Kilometers)
Current:75,143 Miles (120,905 Kilometers)
Total:343 Miles (551 Kilometers)
Seating CapacityFour adults
Curb Weight0
Did not weight it yet but I think it still around the same as original.
TiresLow rolling resistance directional 13 inch.
Conversion TimeFour months so far just some free weekends.
Conversion CostBudget conversion the total cost around $2000 NZ
Additional FeaturesMercedes Benz 190 vacuum pump for brakes assistance.
I used everything that I could get around from computer parts up to microwave components.

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