Where we charge the carFront Engine AreaTrunk AreaPlugFront Engine Area w/o BatteriesRound Rock REI
LocationAustin, Texas United States map
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Vehicle2002 Saturn SL
Saturn cars are light, available, and most importantly for the wife... they have 4 doors.
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
This is the single-shaft version, all accessories are electrically powered.
DrivetrainOriginal 5-speed transmission with an Advanced Clutch Technology ST1-HDSS Clutch kit and a custom transmission adapter plate created by Canada EV
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla 1K-LV
1000A at 72-156VDC Serial #1176
Batteries18 US Battery US8VGC, 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
6 batteries under the hood, 8 batteries underneath the trunk, and 4 batteries in the trunk. So two-thirds of my trunk is still available for storage.
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC-30
The charger is mounted in the trunk, with an L6-30 plug mounted where the gas cap used to be.
HeaterCeramic Heater: 144V / 10A / ~1500W
DC/DC ConverterIota DLS-45
45 amps at 144 volts
InstrumentationXantrex Link-10 State of Charger meter, with voltage, amperage, and temperature sensors.
Top Speed100 MPH (160 KPH)
I usually keep my Zilla limited to 250A. It makes the batteries happy, and it allows me to keep up with traffic. When I want to impress people, I bump the Zilla's current way up.
AccelerationMUCH better than stock
Range40 Miles (64 Kilometers)
That is at highway speeds.
Watt Hours/Mile625 Wh/Mile
That is my AC power average as metered from my AC plug over the 326 cycle and 6206 mile life of my first battery pack. (So this is including battery charging losses.)
EV Miles
Start:145,953 Miles (234,838 Kilometers)
Current:152,159 Miles (244,823 Kilometers)
Total:6,206 Miles (9,985 Kilometers)
    As of 9/30/2009
Seating Capacity4 adults. The original back seat is intact.
Curb Weight2,900 Pounds (1,318 Kilograms)
That is 500lbs over the stock 2400lbs curb weight, and still well under the 3300lbs GVWR
TiresYokohama YK520 P205/60R15 tires on stock alloy Saturn 15" #7024 wheels. Those tires are larger than the P185/64R14 stock tires to give me a better weight rating.
Conversion Time14 months of nights and weekends
Conversion Cost$4k for the used car, $10k in parts, and $10k in labor.
Additional FeaturesIt also has a SIERRA06-0982Y3 high voltage DC Air Conditioning Compressor, new Coil Spring Specialties springs, new KYB struts, LED replacement lights for every bulb in the car from Super Bright LEDs,
An awesome conversion by Revolt Custom Electric vehicles: WebPage
As a City of Austin resident, I got a Clean Cities $500 Rebate for this car: WebPage

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