Under the hoodRear battery boxMid vehicle battery box openAdditional InstrumentionInterior
OwnerJohn Blair
Owner's Other EV 1994 Saturn SL2
LocationOccidental, California United States map
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Vehicle1982 Ford Escort Hatchback
MotorAdvanced DC 203-06-4001 Series Wound DC
Drivetrain4 speed manual with clutch
ControllerCurtis PMC 1231C-7701
Batteries16 US Battery U-2200, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Installed new 12/5/2004. 4 under the hood, 4 under the rear seat, 8 in the rear battery box. The two interior battery boxes are metal, sealed and vented. During charging, a fan vents the battery boxes.
System Voltage96 Volts
ChargerK and W BC-20
At empty, it takes 12 hours to charge at 12 amps DC charge rate (18 amps AC 120 volts). In can use a 30 amp 120 volt plug for faster charging.
Heaterelectric
DC/DC ConverterCurtis 1400E72/6-1201
InstrumentationCurtis #900RB96-BN battery fuel gauge, amp meter, pack volt meter
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Accelerationslower than stock, but plenty adequate
Range25 Miles (40 Kilometers)
25-30 in hilly area with a maximum estimated range of 35-40 on the flat. Will operate best if kept at those limits or less. Realistic range depends on temperature, terrain, car maintenance, and driving habits.
EV Miles
Start:39,229 Miles (63,119 Kilometers)
Current:44,161 Miles (71,055 Kilometers)
Total:4,932 Miles (7,935 Kilometers)
 
    As of 7/5/2010
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight3,060 Pounds (1,390 Kilograms)
3146 GVWR. Numbers are from vehicle doucmentation
Tiresfront - Cooper P215/60R15, 44 psi
rear - P195/50R15, 35 psi
Conversion Timeunknown. Conversion was done by students in the University of Oregon Mechanical Engineering Dept in 1992. Gabe Alarcon was the former owner who updated the conversion beginning 11/19/04
Conversion Costapproximately $10,000 total for project car plus additions by former owner. I have $ 8,226 into the car including purchase and updates I did.
Additional FeaturesGast #MOA-V111-JH vacuum pump for the brakes, new master cylinder, new stuts, new rear brake shoes, new tires 8/2007 A log book and manuals for most of the components.
Car runs well. It has a few rattles suitable for a car of it's age. It's fun to drive. The rear seat will come out and the deck folds flat just as the stock (before conversion) version. The conversion is very clean and the class did an excellent job with the battery boxes. The interior looks pretty close to stock. It is now listed for sale because I purchased a Toyota RAV4-EV. I live in a rural area and needed more range. Located in Northern California about 45 minutes from Santa Rosa.

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