BeforeReady for testingControl Box with KellyThe founders of the Miami EV ProjectAt Green Art FairDanny with motorEric with rear battery rackAzul reinforcing aluminum frameAfter fitting the batteries in the rear
OwnerDanny Alva and Donato Helbling
LocationMiami, Florida United States map
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Vehicle1994 Volkswagen Golf III GL
This was Danny's first car. He modified it for street racing. It had performance cams, lowered suspension, big air intake, very loud exhaust and a fancy sound system.
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC
Drivetrain2.0L 4-cylinder with racing cams, air intake, and modified exhaust
ControllerLogisystems 144V 100A
After a while we have realized that we are not using the controller to its full capacity, since the Lead Acid Batteries simply do not provide enough amps... so we have melted a couple of battery terminals already. We put the car on a Dyno to see how it would do and tuned it for a quick acceleration ramp and the pots broke, so now we are stuck on that configuration... oops...
Batteries12 Trojan T-1275, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
These hold the most juice, 150Ah. They are great if you are not expecting great acceleration. They simply don't want to give it up as we expected. We will be changing them for AGMs or Lithium to get more power out faster.
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC-20
Thanks to the guys at we got it ordered with only 3 week lead time and at a really good price! Thanks Audrey and Steve!
HeaterThis is Miami... no heat needed.

We'll need A/C, thoug. Coming soon....
DC/DC ConverterIota
InstrumentationPak-Trakr is one of our sponsors, so we are installing their battery monitoring system. Our objective is to not modify the driving experience from the original design of the car. THIS IS A GREAT INVESTMENT, instead of having ugly gauges everywhere and complicated wiring. WE LOVE IT!
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
70 mph on the street. 100mhp on the Dyno!
Accelerationvery quick from 0-20, then it sucks... and it takes about 4 minutes to get to 70 mph. The batteries just drop voltage and the controller chokes. We'll see what happens when we change batteries
Range25 Miles (40 Kilometers)
With the setup we have things did not work out as we expected. we were hoping for 60 miles. I am sure we can get it, but driving it straight, boringly slow and hypermiling it. No fun. So we get 25 fun miles out of it, making a stop in between for the batteries to rest.
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Seating Capacity4 adults
Conversion Time500 hours approximately, including bodywork, re upholstery, etc...
Conversion Costunder $13,000 (before paint and body restoration)
Additional FeaturesThis car was featured in the Green Art Fair Miami 2008, a gallery exclusively dedicated to Green Art. This is the highest point of the art season in Miami. The car was wrapped with a painting by LEBO ( for the show and we made a documentary (by filmantropo) about the conversion process, which was played during the exhibition.
The Miami EV Project is non-profit initiative dedicated to the study and promotion of electric vehicles as an alternative form of transportation and a solution to the environmental, energy and economic crisis the US and the world are facing. Through the creation of a blog (WebPage and a documentary showing all the necessary steps to convert a gasoline car into an EV, the Miami EV Project hopes to inspire people to convert their own cars.

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Special thanks to:
- Nick-o-Auto (Nicoooooooooo!)
- Blue Chains (Azul, you are the man!) see his EV here
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- Mercedes Electric (Mercedes and Vic)

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