sports car
OwnerKay Edgecumbe
Owner's Other EVs1979 Conzept
1981 NEEV
Mobility Scooter
1953 Le Velocette
Rebuilt Mobility Scooter
1937 Austin 8
LocationChristchurch, Christchurch New Zealand map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1974 home built
space framed sports car with VW rear end and Morris Minor front suspension
Motor Series Wound DC
ex forklift motor 36 volts 180 amp
resistance plus series parallel switching
single 3 way switch gave 48 /72/144 volts
Batteries12, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
plastic cased 12 volt 120 amp hr
System Voltage144 Volts
home built
Instrumentationlarge ammeter ..speedometer
Top Speed85 MPH (136 KPH)
switching was for 3 banks at 48 volts supply then 72 volts 2 banks
then 144v all in series
a single 3 way switch
Accelerationdid a wheely once
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
40 miles on electrics but later hybrid converted and un limited
EV Miles
Current: Miles (0 Kilometers)
    As of 10/19/2008
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight2,500 Pounds (1,136 Kilograms)
very light space frame with central battery box
Tiresfront 13 inch rear 15 inch
Conversion Timehome built over 4 months
Conversion Costbatteries cost $900 1974 value
rest about $400
Additional Featuresthis was originally designed for the world speed record but during construction the record went up from 110 to 170 plus mph so gave up and made sports car instead
After the batteries wore down I shifted the motor from the rear of the VW box to the front and rearranged the gear shifting. Then a VW motor was replaced on the box and a hybrid car resulted. This enabled me to demonstrate the car at distant venues both as hybrid and electric. Possibly the first hybrid in New Zealand. Controls were all manual so that a hand 'brake' allowed a foot operated clutch to operate and ether petrol or electric could be used or both.

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