Rear view showing bottom of battery boxUnder the hoodBatteries in rear
OwnerScott Cornell
Owner's Other EVs1993 Kewet EL-JET 3
1968 VW Karmann Ghia
1984 Sinclair C5
LocationPleasant Hill, California United States map
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Vehicle1979 Volkswagen Rabbit
MotorPrestolite MTC 4001 Series Wound DC
(like Advance DC's 6.7 inch)
Drivetrain5 speed transmission (stock VW)
ControllerCurtis 1221
(old, silent type)
Batteries16 US Battery US-2200, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage96 Volts
ChargerZivan NG-3
120 VAC in, 96 Volt 15 Amp out
HeaterResistance, in old heater core location
DC/DC ConverterSevcon
300 Watt
Instrumentationa) Speedometer b) Battery volts c) Battery amps
Top Speed80 MPH (128 KPH)
Range50 Miles (80 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults or 1 adult and 4 children
Curb Weight3,000 Pounds (1,363 Kilograms)
TiresGoodyear Integrity 165 80 R 13
Conversion Time18 months
Conversion Cost$5000
A note from Scott Cornell: Anna Cornell (my wife) has been driving electrics since 1985 when we got married. She wanted to know more about EVs, and wanted to convert one herself, so we bought a dead Rabbit diesel, and together spent 18 months converting it. She did a vast majority of the work herself, I engineered the car for her, and helped with the heavy lifting. With very few exceptions, she does not drive anything but electric vehicles (it has been over 3 years since she drove a gas car, and before that, she went over 10 years without driving a gas car). We have 2 children, and from the very beginning (their first trip home from the birthing center - in an EV) they seem to regard EVs as the norm at our household. This conversion based on Voltsrabbit kit by Electro Automotive. This was a training exercise (our 4th electric conversion)

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