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OwnerKimball Petty
LocationLittle Deer Isle , Maine United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1985 Volkswagen Vanagon
MotorNetgain Warp-9 Series Wound DC
Drivetrainclutchless with stock trans.
ControllerLogisystems 550 amp
Logisystem failed after 30 miles.company out of business.
replaced with Soliton Jr.
Batteries45 Thunder Sky 200 ah, 3.40 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
First set of batteries bought and paid for from EV
components. Company went under and would not deliver
cells. Class action lawsuit with 23 other victems yeilded
seized inventory worth about half what we are owed. I had
to buy my cells from inventory a second time and I may
get half of that back. Very expensive batteries.Be careful!
System Voltage153 Volts
ChargerElcon 6KW
Actually sold as a Chennic and Chinoz. Very poor
documentation about charge curves loaded into the
charger.As I received it the charger brings my pack up to
DC/DC Converter stock alternator
I have an alternator and stock battery for now. I will have to
see how well that works .I may go to a DC/DC.
Instrumentationdigital tach, amp meter, EV Display , Mini BMS
Top Speedprobable 70 or so
AccelerationFair with the logisystems ,Have not gotten the Soliton on the
road yet.
Acceleration with soliton is very good using 2nd and 3rd.
Range60 Miles (96 Kilometers)
I only got 30 miles before the Logisystems died. I think I will
get 60-80 miles range.
I get 60 miles range.
EV Miles
Start:7,850 Miles (12,630 Kilometers)
Current:8,000 Miles (12,872 Kilometers)
Total:150 Miles (241 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity7 adults
Curb Weight3,500 Pounds (1,590 Kilograms)
TiresContinental Vanco 8ply
Conversion Timeover 2.5 years as I had to wait for 1.5 yrs to get my cells
from the court settlement.
Conversion CostProbably about $28,000. $6,000 -$7,000 lost in battery rip
off and Logisystem controller. With out the rip offs around
Additional FeaturesWarm floor radiant heat cable in a mortar bed under batteries for heat .
While I was waiting for my court case to get settled I came across an ad in craigslist for
an electric car for sale in Maine. Long story short I bough Wayne Krauth's
Saturn( WebPage ) and converted it from lead acid to LiFePO4. It is a
great car and I am getting over 100 miles on 40 TS 200-ah cells. The van will work well
with the Saturn, my GE electrak collection and our electric boats in our effort to remove
as many ICE's from our property as possible. We support the electric stuff with a 6kwh
grid tie PV system and a 900w wind generator. Right now we produce all the power we
use. These projects can be seen on my Picassa project page

Installed Soliton Jr. and it won't work as it has a wrong chip installed, back to Florida
soliton was reinstalled with air cooling only and it got too warm. Liquid cooling was
added and it operates well. The bus goes 60 miles on a charge .

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