The engine bay with batteries removedRear BatteriesController Radiator MountEngine Bay layout
OwnerMark Schiemann
(former owner, EV has been sold)
LocationMelbourne, Victoria Australia map
Vehicle2004 Toyota Echo
MotorHPEVS AC50 3-Phase AC
DrivetrainOriginal 5 speed manual gearbox with clutch
ControllerCurtis 1238c
This is the 550 Amp model, purchased from
Thunderstruck Motors
Batteries30 CALB/Skyenergy SE130, 3.40 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
Would like to take the system voltage up to
115 Volts by adding 4 additional cells.
Plenty of room and weight allowance in the
spare tire bay.
System Voltage102 Volts
ChargerElcon 102V 15A
HeaterPurchased a ceramic cabin heat module, but
haven't been courageous enough to pull apart
the dash. Might just go with a fluid heater
there's plenty of space for it.
InstrumentationStandard Curtis Spy-glass display
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
Haven't had it out of 4th gear yet
AccelerationFairly good when using 1st, 2nd, 3rd gears.
Range58 Miles (93 Kilometers)
Estimated range for 14KWh pack
EV Miles
Current:12 Miles (19 Kilometers)
    As of 3/16/2019
Seating Capacity2 Front seats remaining. Rear seats have
been removed for weight reduction and cargo
space. Under floor installation of rear
battery box means that seats could be re-
Curb Weight1,984 Pounds (901 Kilograms)
Managed to keep it at the original weight,
though the front end is about +15kg and the
back's around -5kg
Conversion TimeOver four years and counting!
Conversion CostVehicle was around $4,000 AUD
All the other parts... well over $16,000 AUD
(and counting :P)
Additional FeaturesToyota Prius Hall-Effect pedal connected directly to
controller. No annoying pot box to muck around with!

Speed controller mounted directly to heat-sink in place of
existing radiator

I've sourced an electric power steering pump from an Astra, but
still haven't gotten around to installing it yet! This will be
required for approval as the original vehicle had power
This project has now been sold and relocated to Adelaide!

code by jerry