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OwnerMatt Wilson
LocationCle Elum, Washington United States map
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Vehicle1967 Bradley GT II
Not sure what year the body is but the chassis is 1967, original paint color is disco glitter brown - ugly! I like the red it is now.
MotorNetgain Impulse 9
Was going to use an old ADC 8 inch but switched to new Impulse 9, just added a cooling fan system for summer time - works great!
Drivetrain1967 VW chassis with a Freeway Flyer transaxle.
ControllerEvnetics Soliton Jr
I blew up the Kilovac I was using, then tried an Open Revolt, now I have a Soliton Jr! Just added the water cooling kit - awesome results.
Batteries44 Thunder Sky 100 AH, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
- Total weight is approx 340 lbs
- Using MiniBMS - works like a charm
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC 20
Using a relay that trips the power to the charger when any battery hits 3.8V from the MiniBMS, this acts as a secondary precaution to the throttling back the charging does.
HeaterI'm working it, plan on using two heater elements with two fans - 220 CFM capacity, this needs to also blow plenty of fresh air from the outside
DC/DC Converter
Right now I'm not using one, I'm using a 12V lithium 60 AH battery for all my 12V needs. Expensive but effective.
InstrumentationBlue Window, it gives volts, amps, rpms, and SOC
I also have the MiniBMS gauge too. They both compliment each other.
Top Speed60 MPH (96 KPH)
Did 60 mph once but the suspension needs help, so I'm goona wait until that gets resolved.
AccelerationProbably 0-60 in 8 seconds

Doesn't matter-I drive like a grandma to get the best efficiency
Range45 Miles (72 Kilometers)
Even with all the hills I have in my daily commute, I have enough power to get me to work easily without discharging the pack too low. 60% DOD.
Watt Hours/Mile260 Wh/Mile
This is based on the amount of KWh that go into the pack during recharge. I have a lot of hills around me.
EV Miles
Current:350 Miles (563 Kilometers)
    As of 8/19/2012
Seating Capacity2 adults, it will be a commuter
Curb Weight0
Probably 1800 lbs, there really isn't a place to get it weighed around here.
TiresP215 60/R16
I replaced the cracked, extra wide tires that came with the car with some good used ones.
Conversion TimeMore than I would like to admit, lots of time waiting for specialty VW chassis parts to arrive.
Conversion CostWorse than I imagined. The old EV parts I was going to use didn't work out. The chassis needed extensive upgrades - ouch. Still cheaper than a Leaf and fun to drive!!
Additional FeaturesStarted in Dec 2010, this was my B-Day, Christmas, Valentine's Day gift. Since then I've added new disc brakes, new fiberglass pans, new tranny mounts, rebuilt tranny, coil over shocks, completely rewired car, 3 inch lift, etc......

I remember always talking about Bradleys when I was growing up. Always wanted one, just didn't realize how much work this one was going to be. There's a great club on the internet for lots of hints and tips.

16 Jul 11, I took it around the block at 10 mph. It's finally working but there's a lot of interior refurbishing that needs to be done on the car.

26 Aug 11, applied for title and registration.

5 Apr 12, back on the road again after adapter plate problem was solved

25 May 12, completed first week of commuting, 250 miles then blew my controller - ARGH!! Replaced w/ Open Revolt

13 July 12, replaced the Open Revolt with a Soliton Jr - back on the road and sucking lots of amps!! : )

11 Aug 12, installed water cooling for controller and fan cooling for the motor, great results in summertime heat where other controllers fail.

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