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Vehicle1969 Volkswagen Beetle
Trying to build it as light as possible. Looking to only use
around town. Top speed of 35 mph would be fine. Range 10
miles should be fine. Would love more speed and range but
trying to be realistic considering 48 volts.
MotorD&D Motor Systems, Inc. ES-15-6 Series Wound DC
D&D Motor #ES-15-6 spec'd for 48-72 VDC
10hp continuous and 40hp peak
DrivetrainStock IRS 4-speed transmission. Will be mounting the motor
above the transmission and using a Gates carbon belt for the
driveline. Trying to keep the vehicle as compact as possible.
ControllerAlltrax AXE 7245
48-72 Volt controller to 450 amps.
Batteries4 Not yet purchased., 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
Should be approx. 280 lbs of batteries. +1 additional battery
for the auxiliary system (lights, brake lights, blinker).
System Voltage48 Volts
ChargerMinn Kota 460
Plan is to use the Minn Kota MK 460 4 Bank 15 Amp On-
Board Charger. 15 amp per battery. Will have additional
single charger for auxiliary battery (also plan on a small on-
vehicle solar panel for the auxiliary battery)
HeaterCurrently none.
DC/DC Converter
NONE. Auxiliary battery for lights, etc...
InstrumentationHave stock speedo, 48 volt battery gauge and plan on using
voltmeter for amp monitor.
Top Speed35 MPH (56 KPH)
Looking for 35mph. It is for in-town use. So doesn't need
AccelerationProbably will be slow.
Range10 Miles (16 Kilometers)
Maybe more will have to see...
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight0
Shooting for less than stock. I have been vigorously
removing anything and everything that doesn't need to be on
the car.
TiresPretty much stock now. Might get some 7.00x15 tires for the
Baja off road look.
Conversion CostVehicle was $500.
Cost of EV components is very cheap so far (but no
batteries purchased yet).
$480 for motor (used)
$550 for controller (new also included fuse)
$100 for cable and lugs
$55 Kilovac contactor
$15 for pre-charge and diode
$10 battery SOC monitor (48 volt)
$60 Pot box
Have spent about the same amount on various Beetle
parts. New bearings, CVs, redone brakes all around, new
Additional FeaturesNOT COMPLETED YET.

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