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OwnerGjovik University College
LocationOppland Norway map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1974 Volkswagen Beetle, Jeans Edition
The car was nothing but an empty, sandblasted shell when we got it. We not only had to convert it to electric, but also restore it, weld it together where it had rust-problems and paint it!
MotorClark 5.2 kW Continuous and up to 16,8 kW for 2 minutes Series Wound DC
Taken from a donated Clark CTM 16 S truck, along with its pot. meter and DC-DC-converter.
DrivetrainStock transmission with no clutch.
Shifting gears is done with simply lifting your foot off the gas-pedal and shifting gears. No grinding whatsoever.
ControllerCurtis 1205
48V and peak at 350A for 2 minutes.
Batteries8 Haze Marine Gel, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Gel
(3 "in the gas-tank", one where the spare wheel sat, and 4 behind the rear seats)

48V and 220 Ah altogether.
System Voltage48 Volts
Charger Nuova Elettra RPE, 48V 30A
A big transformer mounted in the front compartment, with the "display" cut out and reset right behind the lid to the original glove box.
Heater12V heater mounted where the cd-player would be and a fan that moves air from the motor-compartment to the vents below the windscreen.
DC/DC Converter Clark Material Handling - CTM 16 S DC-DC converter
Produced by Miltronik

Working on mounting Solar Panels on the roof that will charge the 12V battery.
InstrumentationStock, with battery-meter.
Top Speed40 MPH (64 KPH)
AccelerationGood at low speeds. Very slow at higher speeds. It doesn't like hills that much.
RangeThe low voltage makes quite a bit of waste-heat. Unsure about the range. Theoretically it could run for 2 hours, but realistically, maybe 1 hour?
Watt Hours/MileNo idea
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight2,150 Pounds (977 Kilograms)
TiresSummer-tires with painted rims.
Conversion Time5 months of extra-curricular time
Conversion Cost60 000 NOK ~= 10 000 USD
Additional FeaturesGoing to mount two BP Solar Panels on the roof for 12V charging and ventilation. This will hopefully eradicate the need for a DCDC converter.
12th of October 2011:
It's getting registered! The norwegian DMV has approved it, and so has the local VW shop:)

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