|Owner's Other EVs||1983 Toyota Tercell SR 5|
|Location||Boise, Idaho US map|
|Vehicle||1973 Volkswagen Superbeetle |
pale blue green, stock everything
|Motor||D&D Motor Systems, Inc. ES-31 Series Wound DC|
a bit small, but it works OK. I'm worried
about it getting too hot.
|Drivetrain||stock 4 speed, no clutch|
|Batteries||20 Exide GC2-H, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded|
Basic golf car batteries supplied through
NAPA. They sag a lot (IMO). (27Aub11) Have
needed to replace about 1/3 of the pack to
keep it going. Several stinkers appeared.
Still getting usable range however!
|System Voltage||120 Volts|
|Charger||Quick Charge 120v/12a|
big heavy transformer based semi-smart
charger. Isolated. No user adjustments to
voltage or current. Pulls 17-18 amps from
the outlet at startup, not good for 15A
|Heater||Twin hair dryers modified always on high |
heat/high speed ducted into the body
heater tubes under the rear seat. 3600
watts of heat ought to warm it up quick!
|DC/DC Converter|| HWZ 120->12V 300W|
Isolated 300W converter. So far so good.
Seems ok when the output is short
circuited (whoops). (27Aug11) After 34
months (2480 hours) of continuous
operation, it died. Not sure the root
cause, but it no longer puts out
|Instrumentation||Link-10, voltmeter, ammeter (Westach).|
The voltmeter seems to stick a little.
|Top Speed||60 MPH (96 KPH)|
still unknown. I've had it up to 55 a
couple of times.
|Acceleration||seems the same as the old ICE. On the slow |
side, compared to the race cars around me
|Range||30 Miles (48 Kilometers)|
expected range. I've had it as far as 20
miles in start-stop traffic on 35 and 40
MPH roads to 60% DOD.
|Watt Hours/Mile||262 Wh/Mile |
From the battery, average speed. 332
Whr/mile form the wall.
|Seating Capacity||2 adults|
I'm sure it's a little over the GVW of
2844lbs with two adults in it! I need to
find a scale.
|Tires||Big O M+S 165R15 86S|
|Conversion Time||180 hours|
|Additional Features||Upgraded to disk brakes in the front (needed).|
Changed rear torsion bars to 28mm (26mm would have been
Spare tire is still accessible.
Insulated and covered (in the cab) batteries.
|I did the conversion for a local Boise resident. She owns it |
and drives it now. She is very happy with it!