PanelUnder the hood
OwnerBen Weinberg
LocationNorthridge, California United States map
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Vehicle1981 Ford Escort
Restored Jet Electrica
MotorPrestolite MTC4001 Series Wound DC
Original motor lasted 30 years, then needed a new set of brushes and a fresh coat of paint.
ControllerCurtis 1231C
Batteries16 Trojan T105 Plus, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Bought around 2006 and still working.
System Voltage96 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3
DC/DC ConverterCurtis 1400
InstrumentationBuilt new instrument panel using Westach gauges.
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
AccelerationVery little
Range35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
Watt Hours/Mile550 Wh/Mile
Average usage measured using watt-hour meter while charging.
EV Miles
Start:29,652 Miles (47,710 Kilometers)
Current:30,958 Miles (49,811 Kilometers)
Total:1,306 Miles (2,101 Kilometers)
    As of 9/19/2011
Seating Capacity4 adults
Curb Weight3,140 Pounds (1,427 Kilograms)
Weight per previous owner. Unverified.
Conversion CostAround $2500 to restore.
Additional FeaturesKeyless entry system.
This car used to belong to John Spradley and is shown looking its best elsewhere in this album. It was fairly well trashed by the time I got it, missing the controller and a few relays. I rewired much of it, removed some old-style meters and replaced them with more modern instruments, and did a general clean-up & repaint.

I drive it to work daily and average about 20 miles/day.

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