Out with the ICEThe First Odyssey
OwnerBrian Villegas
LocationValley Village, California United States map
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Vehicle1953 Hudson Hornet
4dr Sedan
MotorSiemens 1PV5135-4WS14 3-Phase AC
DrivetrainSiemens 1PV5135-4WS14 AC Induction Motor
Azure Dynamics DMOC 645 Inverter + GEVCU
(Scott Drive if DMOC doesn't work out)
Borg-Warner T-85C 3sp manual w/OD
ControllerAzure Dynamics/Solectria DMOC 645 Air-cooled
With EVTV GEVCU. If this becomes dramatic,
the DV
Batteries24 other LG Chem modules from Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, 61.00 Volt, Lithium-Ion
2.5kWh each. Approx. 60kWh pack.
System Voltage366 Volts
Top SpeedTarget top speed is 75 mph, I don't care to
faster than that in this vehicle
AccelerationLooking for 0-60 time of <10 sec.
RangeHoping for 150mi range
Curb Weight3,600 Pounds (1,636 Kilograms)
Hudson ICE is rather heavy at 700+ pounds, I
estimate 1000+ pounds will be removed with
components. Hopefully, the weight will go
down a
bit from stock.
Additional FeaturesPlan A - Onboard turbine engine* genset for virtually unlimited
* Alt. fuel like biodiesel, or CNG, or LPG, or veggie
- HVAC (AirCon is a must in SoCal...heat, notsomuch).
- Digital Sound Generator - emits synthesized stock
sounds for parking lots around pedestrians, alt. sounds like
car, Ferrari V-12 (for laughs), clown car, etc.
- Speed Brake Regen - movable panels that channel air
ducts to windmill-like DC generators (old idea, maybe not for
- Steampunk style gauges and interior appointments.
- Hidden/Stowable annunciator panel.
I've been planning this project since 1996. I'd built hotrods
VWs for 12 years by that point. I still wanted to go fast, but
without fossil fuels**.
I planned a BEV with an onboard generator. After a bit of
research, it seemed that a turbine engine would be a perfect
for a generator.

My first choice for starting vehicle was a classic/hotrod. I'd
also planned several common existing ICE-powered cars to do
professionally. In 2006, I bought a car dealership and garage
develop this line of EVs.

** As a 7yo child in 1973, I clearly remember the Arab Oil
Embargo. Then, in 1990, the US occupied the areas in the
Gulf over Kuwait and oil.
There was talk of the Persian Gulf War turning into WWIII, and
institution of a draft. The draft didn't happen, but it left me
thinking of alternative ways to GO fast.

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