Engine Bay -incompleteVacuum pump & reserviorElectrical control enclosureFront battery packRechargerRear battery pack
OwnerRod Willis
LocationAuckland, Auckland New Zealand map
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Vehicle1997 BMW 318i sedan
MotorAdvanced DC 9 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainOriginally auto but changed to 5-speed
manual gearbox, with no clutch, for EV
ControllerEvnetics Solitron Jr
Continuous 500A, Peak 600A.
Builtin main contactor, fan and water cooled,
lots of clever interlocking setups available.
Batteries45 Thunder Sky 100Ah, 0.00 Volt, Lithium-Ion
24x located under bonnet & 21x located in
System Voltage144 Volts
ChargerZivan NG3-144VDC
Onboard charger located in the boot. Any
standard 230VAC domestic extension cord
be used for recharging via the 3-pin
plug hidden behind the original fuel flap.
special power point required for charging.
DC/DC ConverterAstrodyne
400W (45A @ 12V) used to recharge the
standard lead acid battery. This is enough
supply the power steering,
headlights, etc without any voltage drop.
Top Speed75 MPH (120 KPH)
On the flat with 4 people in the car it can
easily do 120km/hr (75MPH), while drawing
only 180A. Plenty of additional amps
Range34 Miles (54 Kilometers)
With new battery pack: 55km city driving or
50km motorway driving
EV Miles
Start:53,091 Miles (85,423 Kilometers)
Current:66,427 Miles (106,881 Kilometers)
Total:13,336 Miles (21,457 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity5 adults
Curb Weight0
30kg heavier than original curb weight.
Original 5-person capacity still OK.
Tiresoriginal 205/60 R15
Conversion Time14 months
Additional FeaturesPower steering: Electric hydraulic pump from
a Mazda MR2 supplies the original power
steering unit.

Vacuum assisted braking: A 12V vacuum pump
with pressure switch and vacuum receiver
tanks supplies the original ABS brake system

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