OwnerBrandon Hollinger
Owner's Other EVs1970 Saab 96
1992 Mazda Miata
LocationLancaster, Pennsylvania United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1970 Saab 96
The original lead-acid conversion from 3 years ago has been
upgraded to lithium by ampREVOLT.com. I'm leaving old EValbum
page up for comparison.
MotorAdvanced DC 9 Series Wound DC
Drivetrain4 speed transmission on the column, no clutch
ControllerCafe Electric zilla 1k HV
1000-amp controller limited at 800 amps. peels out easily in 2nd
gear with partial throttle.
Batteries58 CALB/Skyenergy 180ah, 3.30 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
System Voltage185 Volts
ChargerElcon PFC 2500
hooked up to MiniBMS so it has the ability to shut down charging.
also use Manzanita PFC50 for trips. 3.5 hrs to 20%-100%.
Heaterheated seats. ceramic heating element in the works.
DC/DC Converter acme
Instrumentationusing a Speedhut GPS speedometer after factory speedo broke for
the second time. don't love the delay it requires when starting up to
find the satellites. it is neat though.
Top Speed85 MPH (136 KPH)
old car feels a bit unstable at that speed.
Accelerationacceleration is blistering fast
Range120 Miles (193 Kilometers)
up to 120 highway miles
Watt Hours/Mile200 Wh/Mile
not sure how a 2600-lb car can do 200 wh/mi.... it IS pretty
efficient, though.
EV Miles
Current:56,000 Miles (90,104 Kilometers)
    As of 9/28/2016
Seating Capacity4.5
Curb Weight2,650 Pounds (1,204 Kilograms)
lost 300 lbs when i "got the lead out"
TiresKumho LRR
Conversion Time1.5 months for lithium upgrade
Additional Features-water-cooling for Zilla
-nice stereo
-rev limiter keeps you from over-revving and damaging the motor
-power brakes
-just installed adjustable shocks in the rear. made big difference.

the difference in performance is stark.

highway range has tripled from 40+ to 120+ miles.
accleration is scary.

i'm actively making video updates, so if you'd like to follow the conversion progress on this, the
british taxi and others, just hit the "email subscription" button at the top of my webpage.

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