Pre-conversion engine compartmentSAFT 5.180 batteries
OwnerJan Steinman
LocationSalt Spring Island, British Columbia Canada map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1981 Volkswagen Vanagon
Diesel glider, has higher gross weight rating than gassers.
Aftermarket camper conversion removed. Intended for use as a
dedicated farmers market vehicle on an island where you can't
drive more than 20 km without getting your wheels wet.
MotorNetgain TransWarP 9 Series Wound DC
I got a great deal on this used motor, but now I have to deal with building a coupler.
DrivetrainStock VW 4-speed.
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
Got a great deal on eBay.
Batteries24 Saft 5.180, 6.00 Volt, Nickel-Cadmium, Flooded
Got a great deal on these from a person who salvaged them from a bus line.
System Voltage144 Volts
Undecided. Leaning on open-source charger from Electric Motor Werks.
HeaterWebasto diesel water heater, fed from stock diesel fuel tank, feeding stock heater core.
DC/DC Converter
Conversion TimeIn process.
Conversion CostDonor cost $1,000 in 2005. Components cost is $2,900 and counting, with only charger, adaptor/coupler, and frilly stuff left to purchase.
2014-02-17: Seek project approval.
2014-03-08: Procured batteries.
2014-03-21: Procured motor controller.
2014-03-21: Procured motor.

Still seeking 500 amp contactor, 10 kW charger, and instrumentation.

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