OwnerAudin Malmin
LocationSeattle, Washington US map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1980 Commuter Vehicles Inc. ComutaCar
This is a 1980 ComutaCar. It is heavily modified.
MotorGeneral Electric Series Wound DC
48v, 6HP
ControllerAlltrax AXE 7245
Car originally had a three-speed contact/relay controller. This was...interesting...to drive. The Alltrax is about 1000 times nicer.
Batteries9 Trojan T-875, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Car originally had 8 6v Interstate batteries for a system of 48 volts.
System Voltage72 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge
72 volt, 20 amp.
HeaterNone at this time.

Car originally used heat from traction motor for the cabin.
DC/DC ConverterSevcon
72v -> 12v 300 watt.
InstrumentationPalm pilot based Alltrax interface.

Top SpeedUnknown at this time.

We have had it up to 30mph at this point. Hoping for 45-50.
Seating Capacity2 friendly passengers.
Curb Weight0
Estimated to be around 1600lbs.
Tires4 13 inch radials.
Conversion Timenot done yet!
Conversion CostThis is more of a restoration than a conversion. The car was originally electric. However it had been sitting in a parking lot unused for 20+ years.

Restoration has included removal of most of the old control system, all the batteries and associated wiring. New control system, new batteries and wiring. Also the car itself was stripped down to the bare frame for cleaning. The body panels are all being stripped and repainted.

The car itself was $1500. Restoration costs are estimated to be around $3000.

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