Interior.Rear view.The Builder.BackseatDash & Console. One word................Engine compartment.Trunk Area.
OwnerCliff Wilson
(former owner, EV has been sold)
LocationHackett, Arkansas United States map
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Vehicle1969 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia
MotorPrestolite MTC 4001 Series Wound DC
21HP at 96 Volts DC.
DrivetrainStandard VW 4-Speed Transaxle
ControllerCurtis 1221C
72-120 Volt, 400 Amp
Batteries16, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
210 Ah golf cart
System Voltage96 Volts
ChargerLester Lestronic
96 / 12 Volt
HeaterPeltier Junction (Experimental!)
InstrumentationE-Meter, Curtis 12 Volt battery (fuel) gauge,Temperature monitoring displays for motor, controller, and air temperature.
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
68mph really!!!
Acceleration0 to 60 in approximately 13 Seconds
Range50 Miles (80 Kilometers)
depending on speed and terrain
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight3,000 Pounds (1,363 Kilograms)
Tires195/75R14 Nothing Special (50 pounds of air pressure!)
Conversion TimeAbout 15 months (2500 hours)

Fortunately my wife is very supportive! :-)
Conversion CostApproximately $12,000 (Restoration and conversion)
All lighting, except for the headlamps, was replaced with LEDs. Turn signals are programmable circuits that flash 6 different patterns that you can change while driving. Red, white, and blue LEDs scan back and fourth in the two nose grilles, and have 4 selectable patterns. A custom console was added to hold temperature displays and switches. A flashing green LED indicates reverse gear, and a flashing red LED and piezo beeper warn that you're about to back into something. Dash lighting was replaced with custom built white LED lamps to fit orginal sockets. Interior (dome) lights are 6 console mounted white LEDs that fade off when the doors close. 2 sets of 9 red LEDs mounted across the top of the console act as a VU meter for left and right stereo channels. 2 sets of 8 red LEDs are also VU meters mounted behind the clear red front speaker cones. This car looks really cool at night! Heat and air is accomplished by 16 peltier junctions in a custom exchanger and casing (experimental!!!). Hood and trunk pulls were removed and replaced with solenoid releases that can also be operated with the alarm remotes. All of the custom electronics were designed, built and programmed by the owner. If you would like additional photos, or have questions or comments, please email me @ .

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