Wind Power
OwnerEric Jorgensen
(former owner, EV has been sold)
LocationSan Jose, California United States map
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Vehicle1983 Bradley GTE
1983 Bradley GTElectric (GTII)- Ghia frame
MotorGeneral Electric 5BTxxxxx Series Wound DC
20.7 hp at 4707 RPM 183 Amps
DrivetrainKharmann Ghia 4 speed transaxle
ControllerDC Power Systems DCP-600 Raptor
Batteries20 US Battery US-125, 0.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
Heaterthe sun
DC/DC ConverterHolmes
13.7 Volt 40 Amp and isolated 13.7 Volt 1 Amp
Instrumentationa) 70-150V Voltmeter b) 0-500A Ammeter c) dual 8-18V +/-30A Voltmere/Ammeter d) 85 MPH Speedometer
Top Speed100 MPH (160 KPH)
AccelerationWith 20 6V batteries it was a slug but had tremendous range. With 15 8V batts it is much safer and nicer to drive.
Range50 Miles (80 Kilometers)
With 20 6V batts range approached 100+ miles under ideal conditions. With 15 8V batts, range is unknown.
Watt Hours/Mile300 Wh/Mile
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight3,000 Pounds (1,363 Kilograms)
estimated, unknown but 1550 pounds of lead with the 20 batt setup. 1130lbs of lead with the 8V setup.
Additional FeaturesDual albright contactors on seperate shutoff paths
Heinemann overcurrent breaker/manual disconnect
Retractable 25' #10AWG charging cord
Kenwood stereo/CD
Custom designed front suspension w/custom air shocks
Upgraded front brake calipers
Dual air horns
Custom #2/0 battery cables individually elec/mech tested

Prominently featured in Jan 2006 Kit Car magazine
This car was one of the few factory built Bradley GTE's. When I acquired it I upgraded all of the electrical systems and changed the voltage from 96V to 120V. 20 US-125 6V batteries were installed. This was an experiment to see what would happen to the range when a vehicle had more than 50% of its weight in batteries. The range was increased to close to 100 miles of freeway driving but the performance, ride and especially the braking was so bad that the car was dangerous and practically undriveable. The chassis just could not handle all the extra weight. When the new owner bought the car I installed 15 8V batteries in place of the 20 6V batts and although the range was decreased, the driveability of the car improved dramatically. Braking, ride and acceleration were MUCH better. Don't do 20 6V batts in this car!!!

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