Front Battery boxesRear battery boxUnder the hood
OwnerMike H
Owner's Other EVs2018 Chevrolet Bolt
2013 Brammo Empulse R
LocationFront Royal, Virginia United States map
Vehicle1992 Chevrolet S-10
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
Drivetrain5 speed transmission
ControllerCurtis 1231C-8601
Batteries54 Gen 1 Nissan Leaf modules, 8.20 Volt,
18S 3P configuration
System Voltage144 Volts
Charger Thunderstruck TSM2500 144V
Programmed for max charge of 147.6 volts
Heater144 volt heater mounted where the heater core
used to be.
DC/DC Converter
144V to 13.5V
InstrumentationWestach volt and amp meters
Top SpeedHad it to 55 mph so far. Gets there easily.
AccelerationMuch improved with lithium battery upgrade.
Range55 Miles (88 Kilometers)
55 miles with batteries discharged 90%. I blame
the low
range on the known capacity decrease of the 1st
Gen Leaf modules.
Seating Capacity2 adults
Conversion TimeBought it as a turn key EV conversion. I did
the lithium
battery upgrade.
Conversion CostTruck $3000
Upgrade to lithium including all related
components $4700
New ZQ8 wheels and new tires $3000 (traded a
Additional FeaturesClass 3 hitch receiver
ZQ8 wheels and BF Goodrich tires
Dec '18: Purchased truck as turn key EV.
Apr '19: Removed lead batteries and started lithium upgrade.
Apr '20: Completed lithium battery upgrade and took first drive with
Jun '20: Reworked under hood component board. Mounted components in
weather tight boxes.
Aug '20: In process of going to 20S 4P config. Should increase
range to 88 miles.

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