Motor mounted to transaxleFront Batteries and electricsRear BatteriesOne reason for it's nickname!Solar Panel with integrated spoiler
OwnerEric Starmer
Owner's Other EVPersonal Electric Automobile POD
LocationMosier, Oregon United States map
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Vehicle1963 Renault R8
When I bought this car ten years ago, it had already been converted to electric,using 1960's technology (a generator from a San Francisco trolley, together with a series of starter solenoids connected to a bunch of batteries}
MotorAdvanced DC L91-4003 Series Wound DC
Drivetrain4 speed manual with clutch
ControllerCurtis 1221c-7401
Batteries10 Everstart 27DC-6, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerK and W BC-20
Together with LB-120 Boost Transformer
DC/DC Converter
Am using a 15 watt solar panel to charge auxiliary battery (cheaper than a DC/DC converter)
InstrumentationVoltmeter, ammeter, state of charge meter.
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
I have had it up to 68, so far (flat road , no wind, Renault speedo - there was still a little pedal travel left
Range25 Miles (40 Kilometers)
Longest trip so far is 27 miles, half at 60 mph, the rest at 35 or so with some fair hills
Watt Hours/Mile150 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:54,152 Miles (87,130 Kilometers)
Current:54,260 Miles (87,304 Kilometers)
Total:108 Miles (173 Kilometers)
    As of 7/21/2009
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight2,200 Pounds (999 Kilograms)
TiresFirestone 135/R15 radials
Conversion Time10+ years (I started about ten years ago, then after a couple of months I got "distracted" by other projects, and when gas reached $4 a gallon I decided it was time to get it on the road.
Conversion CostAbout $5000
I've discovered that the R8 has both pluses and minuses as a conversion - it is quite light (partially due, no doubt, to the sheet metal being beer-can thick); it was the first production car to have 4 wheel disc brakes, to help stop that lead, and it has a fair amount of room for batteries front and rear; on the other hand it is quite a rare vehicle in the US, and parts are hard to find.

After driving a few miles have encountered a couple of problems - need beefier suspension in rear.

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