DC Motor and Adaptor PlateBattery RackBatteries installed
OwnerMarianne Rieckmann
LocationAdelaide, South Australia Australia map
Vehicle1990 Daihatsu Charade
Excellent donor car, two door, colour blue with only a few bumps and scratches, only 46917km.
MotorZiBo Super Motor Series Wound DC
DrivetrainOriginal 5 speed gearbox without clutch. Front wheel drive.
Take off in 4th or 5th forward, and use reverse gear with modified controller profile reduce the start torque (reverse was quite exciting without this modification).
Controller inPower motor controller
96V/400A controller with ProCom1 programmer
Batteries32 CALB/Skyenergy SE100AHA, 3.40 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
Over 70 charge cycles to date, with no problems.
Keeping to 70%DOD for maximum cycle life of 3000x.
System Voltage109 Volts
ChargerKingpan KP4810EL
Charging curve for Lithium Batteries.
Output voltage is 58.4V, with two chargers connected to battery (16 cells each).
Output current is 10A, is a slow charger that takes 6-7hrs.
HeaterElectric 12V heater optional
DC/DC Converter DCIS-7212-30
DCIS series isolated DC/DC converter
InstrumentationDC 200V Blue LCD Digital Voltage Panel Meter
Top Speed52 MPH (83 KPH)
Range42 Miles (67 Kilometers)
68km maximum calculated range.
Normal trip is less than 50km.
Watt Hours/Mile230 Wh/Mile
Averaging 6.8km/kWh (this unit of measure seems to be more analogous to miles/gallon, and since electricity is sold in units of kWh it is easier to work out the cost from the electricity bill)
EV Miles
Start:29,153 Miles (46,907 Kilometers)
Current:44,986 Miles (72,382 Kilometers)
Total:15,833 Miles (25,475 Kilometers)
    As of 6/15/2013
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight1,852 Pounds (841 Kilograms)
Conversion TimeBuild started March 2010,
Build completed December 2010,
Inspected and approved April 2011.
Conversion CostAUS$12,000
Additional FeaturesModified the brake pedal from a manual to automatic to give a larger foot pad for braking. Also installed a timer for the brake failure warning lamp so that the light is on for 5 seconds when the key is switched to the on position.

Trevor and I would like to thank the AEVA Adelaide branch for all the advice and assistance. Their help made this EV conversion possible, as we followed in the footsteps of others, with a few different design decisions along the way.

We look forward to many EV miles ahead.

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