OwnerDan Baker
Owner's Other EV1997 Suzuki Swift
LocationSanta Fe, New Mexico United States map
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Vehicle1994 Mazda mx-5 (Miata)
High-performance build, but not a race car... Brilliant Black body is in great shape, with hardtop! Soft top needs replacing. Was originally built with 144v Optima Yellow-tops; I bought dead lead, moved some things around, and upgraded to Lithium.
MotorNetgain Warp9 Series Wound DC
Standard Warp9. Good fit for this car... plenty of torque, less weight, and higher rpm than a Warp11.
DrivetrainWarp9, Zilla, 156v of CALB 130ah, some suspension upgrades, but mostly stock.
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla 1k
Batteries48 CALB/Skyenergy 130ah, 3.20 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
System Voltage156 Volts
ChargerElcon pfc-1500
Small, cheap, fixed settings... but does the job overnight.
DC/DC Converter ACME 600 watt
Had a Belktronix in it, but the internals were set to key-on and over voltage set a little too low for the new higher pack voltage. I replaced with ACME, and sent Belktronix back for re-configuration... I much prefer to run the dc-dc 'always on'
InstrumentationCycle Analyst
Top Speed95 MPH (152 KPH)
top speed it rpm limited.... 5th gear is right around 5000 rpm at 95, torque it dropping, and i don't really want to run a Warp9 higher. I'm considering a bigger gear in rear diff, but 95 is probably fast enough. ;)
AccelerationVery fast. rear wheel break loose from stop on dry pavement in 2nd, and even 3rd gear, if you don't modulate the throttle with running zilla wide open with 1000 amps available. I haven't timed 0-60 yet, need a passenger to hit the stopwatch....
Range80 Miles (128 Kilometers)
I could probably squeeze out 80 miles if I drove gently, but more like 60 really fun miles around town usually. The Warp9 seems to be far less efficient than my ADC 8" in the other car.
Watt Hours/MileI'll collect data on this soon
EV Miles
Start:500 Miles (804 Kilometers)
Current:600 Miles (965 Kilometers)
Total:100 Miles (160 Kilometers)
    As of 3/3/2013
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight2,620 Pounds (1,190 Kilograms)
The 2620# is certified weight at local salvage yard scale with hard-top on. The 130ah batteries put the weight a little over stock. If I were using the newer CALBs I'd consider just 100ah cells to bring the weight back down to stock and get even better performance.
TiresBridgestone Potenza 185/60-r14
Conversion Time30 hours to upgrade from lead to lithium
Involved moving vac pump, controller/contactor, building new front battery rack, moving charger and dc-dc
Conversion Cost$7200 for dead lead sled as built
$ 850 to ship from CA to NM
$8000 for 48xCALB130
-$1000 switching out Manzinita for Elcon
$15,050 net for me
Additional Featurestranny adapter is from Electro Automotive

exedy stage 2 clutch

agx adjustable gas shocks

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