|Location||Potomac, Maryland US map|
|Vehicle||2000 Plymouth Neon |
Commuter car with a range of 15 - 20 miles.
|Motor||Advanced DC FB1-4001 A Advance DC Motors 9 In. Series Wound DC|
with rear shaft: cost efficient with plenty of power.
|Drivetrain||Uses the existing gearbox and clutch.|
Considering performance, quality and price, probably best deal available.
|Batteries||12 Tempest 120-12, 120 Ah, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM|
These are sealed AGM lead acid batteries (no fumes, no corrosion) which are moderately priced. I found out recently that these batteries were not deep cycle (I was misled by the vendor). My plan is to re-purpose these batteries for an off-grid home power system and replace them with a Lithium -ion system.
|System Voltage||144 Volts|
|Charger||Delta-Q Technologies Quick charge Corporation |
144 V 10 Ampere model. I have added 12 individual chargers (12 V 8 amp) made by the battery provider company to allow precise end of charge equalization of each battery. These are inexpensive but sophisticated chargers which I expect will help prolong the battery life!
|Heater||RM 4 Fluid heater supplied by Metric Mind.|
|DC/DC Converter||Iota IOTA 45 A|
The best price I could find for a 45 A current capability.
|Instrumentation||Existing instrument speedometer and odometer. Added traction battery pack Ammeter and Voltmeter; I plan to add a motor tachometer and since I am really worried by over-revving the motor I plan to add a RPM safety function.|
|Top Speed||60 MPH (96 KPH)|
I easily reached 60 mph on highway, but I have not pushed beyond yet. I have tried to not damage my batteries..
|Acceleration||Better than expected. I am usually driving in 2nd gear for city traffic at speeds less that 35 mph to improve acceleration, and 3rd gear for higher speeds. The starting torque is amazing!|
|Range||15 Miles (24 Kilometers)|
Commuting back and forth from Washington DC suburbs to local shops, and in the future to downtown DC was my objective. However, I was barely able to make it twice to downtown, due to my worn-out battery pack.
|Watt Hours/Mile||400 Wh/Mile |
This is a wall to wheels measurement.
|Seating Capacity||4 adults plus luggage in the trunk.|
|Curb Weight||2,564 Pounds (1,165 Kilograms)|
Base curb weight of the original car. Will update once conversion is finished
|Tires||Standard until it is necessary to upgrade to a low drag tires.|
|Conversion Time||More than 12 month duration start to finish, due to extensive travel and health problems.|
|Conversion Cost||Approx. $18,100 including the donor car.|
|Additional Features||Car has been registered, running and road legal. I have replaced the front and rear springs by heavy duty springs, added a vacuum pump, a heater, a power steering pump. Air conditioner is currently out of question due to the weight, cost and power requirements considerations. |
|Aug. 2010 update: my battery pack is currently weakening; I have only approx. 12 mile range. I found out that the batteries I bought as deep cycle were in fact standard cycle batteries. This is why they are dying. My plan is to replace them with LiFePO4 cells in the near future.|