OwnerKay Edgecumbe
Owner's Other EVs1979 Conzept
1981 NEEV
Mobility Scooter
1953 Le Velocette
Rebuilt Mobility Scooter
Fire Fly
LocationChristchurch, Christchurch New Zealand map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1937 Austin 8
chassis only with alloy body
Motor Separately Excited DC
150 amp generator
Drivetrainoriginal gearbox
resistor switched
the resistors are only used for approx 2 to 3 seconds during acceleration the actual power lost is in watt minutes over a journey and less than a controller would lose due to other losses.
just the carrying of the weight of a controller is a significant loss

normal opperation was to accelerate to top speed and stay there on the rural road till journeys end
Batteries8, 12.00 Volt,
flooded lead acid
System Voltage96 Volts
home made
Top Speed20 MPH (32 KPH)
adequate for the daily work commute
rural district so slow speed was acceptable 5 miles
Range20 Miles (32 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Tirescross ply
Conversion Time4 weeks
Conversion Costcan't remember but batteries were the major one
Additional Featuresin bottom gear the climbing ability was fantastic a 3/1 shingle drive was easily climbed that most IC cars could not tackle
my first car built converted in 1972 at start of the petrol crisis
flat sheet alloy body over an old Austin chassis
actual body shell weight was under 50 kg

code by jerry