OwnerJohn Allington
LocationLafayette, Indiana United States map
Vehicle1971 Volkswagen Beetle Bug
MotorAdvanced DC 203-06-4001 Series Wound DC
110 lbs, 72V-120V, 21.7 HP Continuous at 120V
DrivetrainMotor D&D
ControllerCurtis 1209B-6402
400 Amp
Batteries12 Sam's Club EverReady EGC-6, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
6 behind the rear seat. 6 In the front. used 4/0 Cables. 2/0 would
work but not as impressive to work with.
System Voltage72 Volts
ChargerQuick Charge 72V, 10 amp
I am estimating that it takes 2-3 hours per 10 miles for charge
DC/DC Converter
Would be a nice investment, but I do not have one yet.
InstrumentationNone installed yet
Top Speed53 MPH (85 KPH)
Apparently the 400 amp controller creats a limitation of 53 mph.
Interested in 600 amp controller for higher speeds but concerned
about battery life with higher amperage. Interested in adding 2
more batteries, but concerned controller would not survive.
AccelerationNot bad if you do not have high expectations. I am happy.
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
19 miles is the furthest I have tried
EV Miles
Start:10,000 Miles (16,090 Kilometers)
Current:10,403 Miles (16,738 Kilometers)
Total:403 Miles (648 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight2,800 Pounds (1,272 Kilograms)
Front disc Brakes are nice. Front coil over shocks made a world of
difference on handling. I must find a truck scale.
Conversion Time4 Months
Conversion Cost$6000 conversion cost w/ $1100 batteries from Sams club, $300
controller from ebay. Many parts from ebay. No need to buy a kit
when you can spec out the parts individually. Could have done it
about $500 less expensive if i would have been more patient.
Additional Features1. Motor - 203-06-4001 Series Wound DC Ebay/Web
2. Curtis Controller 1209B Ebay
3. Adapter Plate - web (Recommend buy one if you can not weld)
4. Shaft Coupler (rip off for what you get, use your old clutch or buy a used clutch from ebay
and find a friend to weld a shaft coupler to the center piece of the clutch like the $255 one I
bought from a kit supplier) - Web
5. 0-5k Throttle Box Web
6. Contactor - Kilovac EV200 Ebay
7. 50-150 VDC Volt Meter - Not yet installed Ebay
8. 0-500 Amp Meter - Not yet installed Ebay
10. 50mv - 500 Amp Shunt Ebay
11. 40 ft of 4/0 ga. Wire Cable Ebay
12. 12 - High Current Ring Terminals Web/Local
13. 48-Battery Cable Terminals Web
12. Switch power cutoff Web
14. Fuse - 400 amp slow blow Web/Ebay
15. Quickcharger 72 Volts (Smart Charger) Web
16. 12 Volt Battery Charger - External
17. 12 Golf Cart Batteries - Sams club

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