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OwnerDon Cairl
LocationForney, Texas United States map
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Vehicle1988 Jeep Wrangler YJ
Stripped & modified. 4WD disconnected.
Paint: camo/deep forest green inside & out. Rebuilt dash & 12v system. Partial rag top. All interior fabric & seats removed. New front seats only.
MotorNetgain WARP 9 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainOriginal NV transfer case disconnected from front axle: also, front wheel gear & chain removed. Front axle & differential gutted allowing for free wheeling. Transmission: Borg Warner World Class T5 connected to the electric motor using clutchless interface.
ControllerCurtis 1231C
Batteries18 Trojan T890, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
190AH @ 20 hr. 15 batteries in rear of Jeep, 3 in front. Also uses two 12 vdc deep cycle bats for 12 vdc system; also located in front engine compartment. The 8 v batteries weigh 70 lbs ea.
System Voltage114 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
120 volts ac charger. Takes 10-12 hr to fully charge.
DC/DC Converter
No converter. Uses two 12 vdc batteries with a marine battery selector switch.
InstrumentationAll new add ons except for speedometer. I have a seperate switch for almost every thing. Amp & voltage meters for both 12 vdc & 144 vdc systems as well as temp sensors in battery compartments & on controller. Also use lights to indicate when switches are in on position (definitely helps at night).
Top Speed60 MPH (96 KPH)
High speed eats amps. I gauge both speed & acceleration by amps used. I also can go 35 mph in first gear & get good amps. Second gear will go up to 50 with same results.
AccelerationGood when fully charged.
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight4,180 Pounds (1,899 Kilograms)
Had to really beef up YJ leaf suspension system.
Conversion TimeAn on going project for a retired person. But it definitely took more time than expected. Part of problem was with vendor who couldn't perform work. Other time problems stemmed from the "learning curve" & debugging issues.
Conversion CostApprox. $6000-$7000
Additional FeaturesUses 4 12 v solar panels to help keep 12 v system charged. The solar panels help reduce the use of regular 12 battery charger.
E-Jeep completed in 2009. Had some bugs and made modifications accordingly. It is running real well now.

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