OwnerRichard Jesch
(former owner, EV has been sold)
LocationBerkeley, California United States map
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Vehicle1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup
120 Volts, 20 US 125s, Zilla Z1k, Skokan 220 V charger.
MotorAdvanced DC 8 Series Wound DC
18 HP
Drivetrain4 speed transaxle
ControllerCafe Electric Z1K
With Hairball I
Serial number of this controller is 003
one of the first I guess
Batteries20 US Battery 125, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Originally I ran Optima Yellow Tops when first converted in 1997. At that time I used a Curtis 25 controller I got from Scott Cornell. When it died I got the Z1K from Otmar.
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerSkokan fill in later
220V 3 stage
Heaternone, have used a hair dryer in the past
DC/DC ConverterKelly fill in later
Recently replaced the one hand built by Dave Harp
Top Speed75 MPH (120 KPH)
Ah not sure if the present batteries can muster the 400+ amps it took to get to 75 with the yellow tops.
Accelerationnot so good now, estimate 0-60 in a minute or so.
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
30 with the yellow tops.
now hoping for 40 with the us 125s
Watt Hours/Mile250 Wh/Mile
about 2 Kwh for 10 miles at slowish speed. in KWH/mile terms 5m/kwh
EV Miles
Start:132,103 Miles (212,553 Kilometers)
Current:154,321 Miles (248,302 Kilometers)
Total:22,218 Miles (35,748 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight3,000 Pounds (1,363 Kilograms)
TiresMichelin Proxima RR (low RR, 50 psi tires from EV1)
Conversion Timeest 100 hrs of my time +_ 30 hrs
Conversion Cost~$8000
At the moment I am living in a small duplex in Albany with no 220 in the garage. I ride my bike to work most days because I work 3 miles from home.

Have sold this vehicle to Hans Jorgensen ~ 2010

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