|Location||Dunedin, Otago New Zealand map|
|Vehicle||1968 Morris Mini |
Two seater Mini after conversion.
|Motor||Advanced DC L91-4003 Series Wound DC|
The motor is mounted on-top of the gearbox, and direct drive
(through a extra primary gear) to the gear-box.
|Drivetrain||Standard, only with the clutch and flywheel removed.|
Air cooled, mounted directly behind the front
grill. Also I have three 12v fans that switch on when temperate
|Batteries||32 Winston WB-LYP100AHA, 106.00 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate|
All 32 batteries are mounted on the floor behind the front
seat, all with cell modules.
230VAC Mains in, set to 109VDC at 12amps out.
|Heater||None. Not a feature of the original car anyway.|
|DC/DC Converter||Vicor LJTI-EW|
80 - 120V in, 13.3V out. Up to 100W
|Instrumentation||Digital A/Hr meter (JDL-HB 404) for main battery pack, also reads |
current, voltage and running time.
Analog Volt and Amp meters for the 12v battery.
|Top Speed||55 MPH (88 KPH)|
Over 90 km/h
|Acceleration||Fine for around town driving.|
|Range||48 Miles (77 Kilometers)|
Distance 45 - 80 km depending on speed and terrain
with the newer 100A/Hr batteries.
|Watt Hours/Mile||On a flat straight road with no wind at a speed of |
is 35-45amps @ 100-103volts with two people on board.
|Seating Capacity||2 adults|
|Curb Weight||1,430 Pounds (650 Kilograms)|
Close to original - 650 Kg
|Tires||Standard 10" 145/80R10 Power Star, replaced on Feb 2015|
|Conversion Time||2.5 years plus|
|Conversion Cost||Rather not think about it.|
|Additional Features||Jan 2008. Rear stop lights, park lights, number plate lights and |
inside roof light have been all upgraded with LED's.
Aug 2009. I downsize the 12V accessory battery with 4 small 10A/hr
June 2011. Replaced all turning lamps with LED's and replaced the
flasher unit with a moss-fet circuit, current consumption has dropped to about
0.5amps when turning from about 3.5amps. A big saving on power from the 12v battery.
Feb 2013. Replaced the 65/65w headlamps with high efficiency 35/35W
lamps and added a small LED in both main headlight reflectors. I have wired these LED's to
come on when the key switch is on, now called daylight driving lights.
These headlight LED's have already save me from one accident. Small
car ... hard to see.
Mar 2013. Replaced all 4 suspension rubbers, car rides much better
now. The old
rubbers were about 20years old.
June 2014. De-seamed body ... less air resistance at high speed.
Replaced gearbox oil with
automatic gearbox oil (very thin), gears now run easier with less
resistance than the older
thicker oil. Remember the old engine/gearbox oil got very hot because
it was used also to
lubricant the petrol engine.
Nov 2014. I added two more batteries to the main pack making now 32
batteries. Installed two small PV panels in the back window to supplement the 12volt battery
Sept 2015. Changed the main battery pack volt & amp meters with a JLD404 DC AH meter.
This allows me to see how many amp/hrs I have used per trip and know roughly how far I can
Sept 2016. Upgraded the controller purchased from ZEVA (Australia). This new controller is
much more efficient than my 18 year old Curtis and does not go into shut-down mode when
going up steep hills also it has a single oscillator frequency, no two step frequency shift as in
Mar 2017. Change the headlamps to LED's. Purchased the lamps from China 20/20watts much
brighter that the 35watt halogen and uses less current. Been wanting to do this for a long time.
|My Mini was first commissioned on 9th July 1998. |
My first battery pack were VRLA batteries, 8 x 12v Sonnenschein 70A/hr.
The second lot were 8 x Optima 65A/hr. Fourth lot are what I have now.