OwnerKay Edgecumbe
Owner's Other EVs1981 NEEV
Mobility Scooter
1953 Le Velocette
Rebuilt Mobility Scooter
Fire Fly
1937 Austin 8
LocationChristchurch, Christchurch New Zealand map
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Vehicle1979 hand made
a concept gull winged commuter car
with a large many inventive ideas in it
steering column was also the park brake and power disconnect as it folded forward to allow walk in access
Motor
ex 1924 dodge starter motor generator
Drivetrain2 Dodge motor generators with chain drive+belt
Controller
resistance plus series parallel batteries
Batteries5, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
5 12 volt 60 ah
System Voltage60 Volts
Charger
home made transformer was wound to exact peak voltage of battery and needed no controller as it tapered off charge as acid started to gas
Heaterno
DC/DC Converter
none
Instrumentationvolt meter odometer
Top Speed30 MPH (48 KPH)
could climb 3/1 grade hill
regenerative braking down hill
Accelerationadequate
Range20 Miles (32 Kilometers)
ok for the shopping trip
Watt Hours/Mile?
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight1,000 Pounds (454 Kilograms)
alloy body over tube frame
Tires16 inch
Conversion Timetook 8 months to build from idea to finish
Conversion Costdon't know but under $1000
Additional Featuresgull wing doors enabled passengers to have 5 ft 10 inch head room and could walk in the car.
steering column folded forward and acted as park brake actuator as well as power disconnect
foam filled nose cone
indicator light were orange lamp that lit up the reflector of the head lamps.
very simple pendulum front suspension as yet not reinvented
PS found the original list of inventions for this car and even 32 years later it is still 10 years ahead of today with some-- 40-- inventive ideas in it that suit electric commuting with its simplicity and convienience
car was destroyed in 1980 to protect the 40 inventions and innovations on it
edit --on reflection today it was 40 years ahead of its time

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