OwnerJon Pels
Owner's Other EVs1991 Daihatsu Charade
1990 Daihatsu Charade
2000 Mitsubishi Mirage
LocationDarwin, Northern Territory Australia map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1990 Suzuki Super Carry Van
Motor 144V Separately Excited DC
DrivetrainOriginal 5-Speed manual gearbox without clutch.
Batteries12, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Commander 100 amp-hour marine deep cycle
System Voltage144 Volts
InstrumentationAnalogue Volt and Amp panel meters for 144V system.

Analogue Volt meter for 12V accessory system.
Top Speed63 MPH (101 KPH)
Range25 Miles (40 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults
Additional FeaturesRegenerative braking!!!!
Since I used a separately excited motor (and corresponding controller), regenerative braking was possible with this conversion.

Feels like a "normal" car, since it slows down when the accelerator pedal is released. When this happens, the panel-mounted amp meter shows negative amps (IE: Charging the batteries).
Being my second EV conversion, this vehicle was an experiment using a separately excited DC motor. This motor was not available in Australia, so I imported it from a factory in China myself along with a controller and charger.

Results are impressive.
The van is also quite unique - Has gained media attention around town.

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