OwnerNeal Crothers
LocationMcKinleyville , California United States map
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Vehicle1996 Ford Escort station wagon
Not your ordinary Ford Escort wagon.
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
9-inch, 72-144 VDC. 28 HP. Continuous at 144 VDC. 100 HP
DrivetrainNew overhauled 5-speed manual transmission. New clutch & new flywheel.
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
500 Amp with Curtis potbox. Need to be E-Z on the foot until car starts to move, then rapidly gains speed.
Batteries16 Interstate U8VGC Workaholic , 8.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage128 Volts
ChargerZivan NG5
240 volt Also has 120 Quick Charge
HeaterElectric heater/defroster.
InstrumentationAll new white face instruments - speedometer, 12-volt gauge for 12-volt accessory battery, vacuum gauge for vacuum pump for brakes.
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
In third gear on highway.
AccelerationSlow for about 25 feet, then there is a very fast acceleration to freeway speed. You can feel it push you back in the seat.
Range35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
The car was built to go 17 miles, sit for over 8 hours & return 17 miles on one charge with power left over.
EV Miles
Start:147,072 Miles (236,638 Kilometers)
Current:147,377 Miles (237,129 Kilometers)
Total:305 Miles (490 Kilometers)
    As of 6/6/2010
Seating Capacity5 adults
Tires4 new Michelin
Conversion Time200 hours
Conversion CostI prefer not to disclose the cost of the conversion because it will soon be at auction on eBay & I do not wish to reveal my reserve.
Additional FeaturesElectric power steering, all new interior, electric decals, 25-foot 240 volt charging cord.
Using the 120 & 240 volt chargers will charge to full in 4-5 hours. We are second owners. Detailing inside & outside of vehicle took about 80 hours. Car performs as planned & is fun to drive. One thing I have learned is not to be in a hurry, because a lot of people want to stop & talk to me about the car. It is a real eye-catcher.
And it is for sale.

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