|Owner's Other EVs||1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI|
1993 CityCom CityEl
1993 Ford Ranger Pickup
2000 Corbin Sparrow
1975 Zagato Elcar (Zele)
1972 Bond Bug
2008 Zap Xebra Hatchback
2000 Kawasaki Ninja EV
2011 Th!nk City
|Location||Vacaville, California US map|
|Vehicle||2008 Zap Xebra Sedan |
3-wheeled electric vehicle with all
|Motor||ZAP Zibo Boshan Super Motor Series Wound DC|
|Drivetrain||Single-speed 4:1 ratio gearbox & |
96-144 VDC, 500 Amps
|Batteries||8 East Penn 8A31DT, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM|
DEKA Group 31, rated 105 Ah, with 5/16
inch threaded studs.
|System Voltage||96 Volts|
|Charger||Elcon PFC 2500|
AC Input Voltage range: 90-260 VAC
DC Output Current: 22 Amps @ 230 VAC input
or 12 Amps @ 115 VAC input.
|DC/DC Converter|| ZAP HZB-6|
Stock Zap - 30 Amp output.
|Instrumentation||PakTrakr and Xantrex LinkPro. |
The PakTrakr shows the balance of the
individual batteries & the LinkPro shows
Amp-hours used & remaining SOC percent.
|Top Speed||47 MPH (75 KPH)|
Verified with a GPS. The inaccurate
Chinese speedometer reads higher speeds
|Acceleration||Much better now that the pack is 96V. |
Keeps up easily with normal traffic flow.
Handles hills without slowing at all.
|Range||22 Miles (35 Kilometers)|
My daily trip to work & back is 11.6 miles
with an average of 24 Ahr used per trip.
|Watt Hours/Mile||205 Wh/Mile |
The best 5.8 mile trip used only 172
Whr/mile. Most of the stop lights were
green! The average over 2400 miles
driven so far is 205 Whr/mile.
|Seating Capacity||2 Adults. The rear bench seat is now |
used for groceries, not passengers,
because of the two additional batteries on
the rear floor.
|Curb Weight||1,900 Pounds (863 Kilograms)|
|Tires||145R12 - Only three!|
|Conversion Time||3 months|
|Additional Features||The stock EV was 72 volts with a 35 mph top speed. Two |
batteries were added to bring the pack voltage to 96V for
better acceleration & 47 mph top speed.
The stock Curtis EVC255 controller was replaced with a
Curtis 1231C. All the undersized stock battery pack
wires were replaced with 1/0 gauge welding cables.
The stock 72V Delta-Q charger was replaced with a 96V
Elcon PFC-2500. This allows a normal 12 Amp charging
rate from 120 VAC or a 22 Amp fast charging from 240 VAC.
It also allows free charging around town at any of the
seven Vacaville public charging stations using my J1772
|Because it has 3 wheels it is registered as a fully |
street legal motorcycle in California. It is NOT
considered an NEV or LSV.
Even though the DMV registers it as a motorcycle, no
helmet is required because it is enclosed.
Insured with with State Farm.
This is my daily commuter vehicle to work.
Update: Costco in Vacaville has REMOVED their EV charging
stations! I will be shopping elsewhere.
This fun vehicle has been SOLD.