1984 Solar Powered Toyota Van
OwnerBen Graves
Owner's Other EVs1983 Grumman Kurbwatt
2002 Human Electric Hybrid
1981 Honda 500
LocationSoutheast, Georgia United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1966 Volkswagen Bus
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC
DrivetrainRancho Type 1 Performance Transmission
with lower close ratio gearing
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
500 Amp
BatteriesGBS 100 ah, 12.00 Volt, Lithium-Ion
System Voltage128 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC 50 w/75 amp buck
DC/DC ConverterCurtis
InstrumentationCurtis "Fuel Gauge", Ammeter, Voltmeter, BMS
video display
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
Now with alpine gearing in 4th gear at 5000 rpm
(stock VW was 68 MPH at redline)
AccelerationMuch quicker than stock. ICE was rated at 44 HP
Range35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
Stopped to recharge when lowest cell dipped
below 3.00 volts at 50 mph
Seating Capacity5 adults. 7 if I can find a factory VW bus
middle seat!
Curb Weight2,800 Pounds (1,272 Kilograms)
TiresFront 195/45/16
Rear 225/50/16
Conversion Time6 Months
Conversion CostIn 1999; 10k
Now; add 6k for new lithium setup
Additional FeaturesSafari Windshields and Inertia powered A/C.
Special thanks to Bob at EV America and everyone at
Rebirth Auto, friend Steve Reese, Tony at Fisher Buggies
and Mike at Rancho Transmission.
Watch the YouTube video


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