Aquila Right Side ViewAquila Front ViewAquila Interior ViewAquila BatteriesAquila Top View
OwnerJohn Warobiew
Owner's Other EVs1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI
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LocationVacaville, California United States map
Vehicle1980 Aquila Kit Car
This is a fiberglass kit car based on a
1971 Volkswagen Beetle chassis. The body
was made by American Fibre Craft Inc,
Cupertino, CA
MotorPrestolite MTC-4001 Brushless DC
The Prestolite MTC-4001 is a series
traction Motor rated at 96 volts, 200
amps, providing 20 hp at 4400 RPM. The
motor weighs 106 pounds, is 7.2 inches
in diameter and is 16 inches long. It
has a C face and a keyed shaft.
DrivetrainStock 4 speed VW transaxle & clutch.
ControllerSynkromotive DC700LV
accepts 48V to 156V pack voltage, up to
It has CAN bus & a very nice graphical
interface that can be viewed on a
laptop while driving.
Batteries12 Optima D34M, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
D34M has standard automotive top posts
plus 5/16" threaded stainless steel studs.
Rated at 55 Ah.
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerElcon PFC 2500
AC Input Voltage range: 90-260 VAC
DC Output Current: 20A @ 230 VAC input
or 11A @ 115 VAC input.

It is programmed with the charge curve
for Optimas.
DC/DC ConverterVicor VI-L5P-EU
150Vdc Input, 13.8VDC output, 200W.
InstrumentationZantrax LinkPro with custom built 1:10
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
in 4th gear.
AccelerationVery pleased with the acceleration during
the initial test drives. I have the
current limit in the controller set at
250A to avoid stress on the the batteries.
Range15 Miles (24 Kilometers)
estimated to 50% DOD. 25-30 miles should
be possible with very conservative
driving, but could reduce the overall
life of the battery pack.
Watt Hours/Mile250 Wh/Mile
40 mph average speed over a 10 mile test
drive on flat terrain with 8 normal stops
& starts.
EV Miles
Start:16,100 Miles (25,904 Kilometers)
Current:16,297 Miles (26,221 Kilometers)
Total:197 Miles (316 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 Adults only - no back seats.
Curb Weight2,100 Pounds (954 Kilograms)
Tires195/70 R14
Conversion TimeAlmost 1 Year
Conversion CostOver $12,000 invested.
Additional FeaturesElectric pop-up headlights, Gull-wing doors, Chrome rims,
Adjustable coil-over shocks on the rear.
The car is registered in California as a "Special
Constructed Vehicle".

I had no problems insuring it with State Farm.


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