Pre-conversion (April 27)First charge (June 27)After first rideControl BoardMotor mount
OwnerKen Parsons
LocationKansas City, Missouri United States map
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Vehicle1973 Volkswagen Type III Variant (Squareback)
This car was given to me by a friend who didn't want to deal w/
the issues of an old ICE vehicle
MotorAdvanced DC 203-06-4001A
48-120V, 10-30 hp
ControllerCurtis 1221C
Batteries8 Trojan T-1275, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
At 656lbs and for space considerations, I went w/ 12V. I am told
my performance and range would improve w/ a pack of 8V or 6V
batteries, but I'm finding that it suits my need for a roundtrip
commute of 18-20 miles with LOTS of hills. 5,000 miles into it (2
years, 3 months) and it still registers 103.8V after 6 hours of
charging (and 1 hour of resting after that).
System Voltage96 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge 96V
On-board charger which takes about 6 hours from 50% depth of
discharge (this includes about one hour of float charging).
HeaterCheap handheld unit that plugs into the lighter. For defrosting the
window only. For warmth I use a coat. For the rear battery pack, I
use a Kats 72" warmer.
DC/DC ConverterAstrodyne
InstrumentationVoltmeter and Ammeter
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
I have not taken the car this fast, but I can comfortably cruise
around 55mph in third gear.
AccelerationIn first it is quite quick, though I tend to start in second, which is
sufficient to keep up with traffic.
Range20 Miles (32 Kilometers)
This is to 50% discharge, as I go to/from work and charge
immediately when I get home (to avoid sulfation over time and
extend the life of my batteries). With all the hills in Kansas City,
my range is a bit more limited than those of you in flatter areas.
EV Miles
Start:88,600 Miles (142,557 Kilometers)
Current:98,500 Miles (158,486 Kilometers)
Total:9,900 Miles (15,929 Kilometers)
    As of 7/7/2013
Seating Capacity5 adults
Curb Weight2,500 Pounds (1,136 Kilograms)
Tires4 165-R15
Conversion TimeActual physical labor: 75-100 hours, essentially w/in 16
concentrated days in mid-May 2008.
Mental labor: endless.
Conversion Cost$7,336, which includes batteries, misc supplies, shipping costs,
etc. This is the actual number, not an estimate (but doesn't
include front brake overhaul, which was $500, and the motor
mount for $350).
07/07/2013: Given a new job and its demands for travel, I unfortunately have to part with this
vehicle after recently updating the battery pack and on-board charger motherboard. I can't
believe it has been 5 years and it still runs like a ceiling fan: when is the last time you thought
about or maintained the motor on that?

09/04/2010: Converting your car is worth the investment. I'm over 5,000 miles into it and
have poured little money into maintenance (e.g. I bought new wipers blades one time and buy
a gallon of distilled water every 3-4 months - so, total cost, around $40).

06/03/2008: I did this conversion solo, but had some help lifting the motor for installation. I
knew little to nothing about electrical work for cars 1 1/2 months before I started the
conversion labor. This site, amongst others, was a source of knowledge that I relied on daily
during my major conversion time in May. For those perusing EVs, just jump in, it is worth the
time and effort.

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