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OwnerDaniel Lynn
LocationJackson, Tennessee United States map
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Vehicle1998 Saturn SL1
4 Door Dark Silver
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC
9.1" Diameter, Dual shaft
Drivetrain5- Speed manual transmission
ControllerCurtis 1231C-9601
500 amp LIMIT
Batteries48 CALB 130 amp hour, 3.30 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
changed over to CALB LiFePO4 130 amp-hours batteries May, 2011
System Voltage156 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge OP-144-8 & 156-20
8 AMP 115volt AC input
144 volt DC output
HeaterCeramic heater. 156 volt. The more the air volume the more amperage it will draw.
DC/DC ConverterAstrodyne SP-480
Installed on electric panel with Anderson SB-50 connector and some shielding to keep dirt and water away.
Instrumentation14 voltmeter
160 voltmeter
400 Ammeter
original speedometer
original tachometer
Top Speed95 MPH (152 KPH)
AccelerationGoal: 0 to 60 MPH in under 13 Seconds
Range70 Miles (112 Kilometers)
At 55 mph
Watt Hours/Mile350 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:174,000 Miles (279,966 Kilometers)
Current:185,000 Miles (297,665 Kilometers)
Total:11,000 Miles (17,699 Kilometers)
    As of 10/9/2011
Seating Capacity4 adults The 2 passengers in back are a tight fit.
The back seat has been shortened 6 inches because of one of the battery boxes.
Curb Weight2,839 Pounds (1,290 Kilograms)
Before: 2400 pounds
Conversion TimeGoal: by Christmas 2008 [6 months]
Finished December 7th, 2008.
Conversion CostUnder $10,000 including donor car but not including labor, tools and overhead.
More now with LiFePO4s.
-Earlier-Have driven over 1000 miles so far. SSSaturn is doing well.
One issue is the battery charger. Takes too long to charge. If the pack is discharged a lot it takes over 12 hours to charge. I may need to get a different charger or a 240 charger.
Charger has been repaired, works better now. Will start using an overnight 240ac charger soon. Driving in 5 degree f weather, pouring rain and snow.
She likes warm days much better.
Heater works good but uses ALOT of energy.

UPDATE: over 5,000 EV miles working great, drive every day, fill batteries every 2,000 miles.

UPDATE: January 2010: At 8,000 miles batteries are to weak to be useful anymore. The Quick Charge Charger failures, overcharging have shortened their life. Some of the risks, I guess. Will install LiFePo4 next.

UPDATE: May, 2011 Ordered CALB Lithium batteries, sending Both Quickchargers to be programed to charge the Lithiums and making BMS decisions now.

UPDATE: May 2011 Changed over to 130 amphour LiFePO4 CALBs.
UPDATE: Installed Elithion BMS, can watch all voltages and temperatures but have the balance turned off for now.
UPDATE: Attended EVCCON in September 2011. Drag raced and road course race. 20.2 seconds in quarter mile.

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