OwnerRhys Freeman
LocationMelbourne, Victoria Australia map
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Vehicle2002 Citroen Berlingo
A conversion from a petrol Berlingo (we don't get the electric ones in Australia!), this van had been through a lot before we converted it. Damaged engine, and noisy gearbox with leaking oil.
Motor EVE M2-AC30-L 3-Phase AC
30 kw nominal AC induction water cooled motor. The motor was sold by Electro Vehicles Europe. Initially torque and accleration was poor, however we have been able to improve this and now the car performs well.
DrivetrainAC motor conected to existing gearbox.
ControllerMES DEA Tim 600
Compact AC induction water cooled controller, tricky instructions, but managing to configure it. Ongoing tweaking to improve performance and regenerative braking.
Batteries90 Thunder Sky 90 amp hour, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
EV Power BMS system performing well
System Voltage288 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3 modified for LFP chemistry
HeaterMes-Dea 4kw RM4 water heater, easy installation and good heat production
DC/DC ConverterMeanwell PSP-600
InstrumentationEVision Gen 1
Top Speed75 MPH (120 KPH)
AccelerationBuilds steadily to a good speed. Pulls very well up hills, acceleration continuous.
Range65 Miles (104 Kilometers)
Range tests ongoing.
Watt Hours/Mile300 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:97,000 Miles (156,073 Kilometers)
Current:98,040 Miles (157,746 Kilometers)
Total:1,040 Miles (1,673 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight2,866 Pounds (1,302 Kilograms)
150 kilograms heavier than the original weight, however the vehicle can handle the extra weight easily
Conversion Time2 years
Conversion Cost$40,000 AUD
Additional FeaturesClutchless gear shifts, regenerative braking (wonderful!), easy to drive. Smooth and quiet driving experience. Not having a clutch makes shifting gears difficult (especially with regen active).
After driving a DC Citroen Berlingo, this one is so much better. The hill climbing performance is a vast improvement over a DC model, the car is excellent on the freeway, with constant acceleration at all speeds and high efficiency. Water cooling keeps the motor and controller at low temperatures even after long drives. Apart from the lack of noise you forget you are driving electric within a few minutes.

1st gear - 50 km/h (only used on steep hills, and for reversing)
2nd - 70 km/h
3rd - 110 km/h

4th, 5th not used

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