Solar Electric Instructions
OwnerGreg Tyler
LocationCazenovia, New York US map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1993 Ford Escort
Original conversion when new by Solar Electric (AKA Electricar) in California.
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC
9" DC electric Motor
Drivetrain5 speed manual transmission. The clutch is still in place.
ControllerLogisystems 120AFX
72 - 120V, 750 amp.
Batteries18 Exide E-3600, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Actually John Deere OEM version of the Exide batteries. I wanted the GC2-H battery, but got these due to a mix up. They were installed and used before I realized it. I will switch to more powerful batteries when they need replacing.
System Voltage108 Volts
ChargerRussco SC 18-120 SO
This charger was purchased in 2003.
Heater108V liquid block heater tied into the heater core.
DC/DC Converter None
Currently using an on-board AC charger for the 12V accessories battery. I'm considering installing a DC/DC converter before next winter.
InstrumentationState of Charge Meter
Volt meter
Top SpeedTop speed is easily over 65 in fourth gear. I probably will never get it much over 60 though.
AccelerationAcceleration is quite good on the flats. However, it struggles some on steeper hills.
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
Depending on speed, terrain, and temperature. Range test on 6/23/2010 exceeded 40 miles. Details can be found on the website.
Watt Hours/Mile562 Wh/Mile
I think I got the calculations right. This is based on limited data from an early trip.
EV Miles
Start:15,334 Miles (24,672 Kilometers)
Current:17,600 Miles (28,318 Kilometers)
Total:2,266 Miles (3,645 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity5 adults
Curb Weight3,200 Pounds (1,454 Kilograms)
This is an estimate. I had the vehicle weighed with me in it, but I'm still subtracting items that were in the car at the time. I still need to remove some of the winterization materials and weigh them.
TiresBridgestone Insignia SE200 175/65 R14.
These are high pressure (44 psi) low rolling resistance tires.
Conversion TimeVery little so far.
Conversion CostOver $9,000 including all added components, repairs, and the cost of transport. This is not really conversion cost as much as it is refurbish cost. The car was converted already.
The car was sold on 9/26/2011. I hope the new owner enjoys it as much as I have!

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