It's AdorableRollin 10"
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota United States map
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Vehicle1980 Subaru 600 ElectraVan / Subaru Sambar
We adopted Luke's 1980 Jet ElectraVan 600
(he has an EV Album page for it too). We
hope to restore the van and get it into
daily driver shape.
MotorGeneral Electric 5BT1346B38 Series Wound DC
General Electric 5BT1346B38 Series Wound DC
It says:
HP 20.9 WDG SERIES V 90 A 84
NO.LR8-1102LR RPM 4707 ENCL BV
CL H DUTY-1 HR 140 C
DrivetrainG.E. motor, original clutch and 4 speed
ControllerCurtis 1231c
Batteries0.00 Volt,
We will be replacing the batteries although
the old ones Luke has in here are great
right now to learn with and to move it in
and out of the garage.
System Voltage120 Volts
HeaterNo heater at this time, but we will need to
rig something up because we are in
DC/DC ConverterMeanwell SD-500-12
InstrumentationHave a JLD404 in, seems great except one
decimal point burned out and now some of the
parts of the numbers are sometimes not lit
up. Also have a digital voltmeter for the
12v system.

we are ordering a new face plate to fix the
above mentioned burnt out decimal point,etc.
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
This is what Luke has brought it to, so far
I have gone about 5mph.
RangeCurrently unknown, we hope to get about 60,
maybe more when we get new batteries and
figure out the system and make any needed
Watt Hours/Mile300 Wh/Mile, this is what Luke has figured
out, but I need to learn more.
EV Miles
Start:35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
Current:35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
Total:0 Miles (0 Kilometers)
    As of 4/6/2021
Seating Capacity5 people or 15 clowns. I just built a
seatback to make the battery box into a back
seat. Apparently this was a factory option.
Had 3 skinny people back there yesterday and
they said it was fine. 3 skinnies can
across the front too, but it is trouble for
shifting/emergency brake. With a smaller
battery box it could be configured for 3
of seats for small people. Which would be

I'll never top Lukes above description on
this although I hope to use the van often
for my traveling foundry, Pedal to the Metal
: Traveling Foundry, which I otherwise
transport by cargo bicycle...
Curb Weight2,352 Pounds (1,069 Kilograms)
2,352 Pounds (1,069 Kilograms)
Jet listed the weight with FLA batteries at
2790, subtract 1122 lbs FLA and add 684 lbs
LiFePO4 for 2352. Haven't weighed it on a

I will update the above when we install new
Tiresvee rubber citystar v2 145/80R10 74N
Conversion TimeSo far, 1 month.
Conversion Cost$515 so far and still need major purchases
of batteries and BMS.
Additional FeaturesLuke has added a lot of updated ports and chargers, I am new to
the EV world and will need to learn how they are all connected
and start by getting them all in safe working order (as

Luke also built a seatback to make the battery box into a

I'm really excited about this van and how adorable it is. I
first saw it in 2016 when we met Luke to borrow bikes and
cruise around New Orleans and by the time he was interested in
selling it I knew it was time for me (and my husband) to pour
some love into it.

The van has some great cargo space in back and the interior has
great funky colors. We have already had many people stop us to
chat about it. we towed it to Minnesota from New Orleans, which
was a fun whirlwind of an adventure, especially because we have
never towed a car before. We also have already had people stop
and comment when we have it out in the driveway.

It makes people happy.

There is some rust at this point and I have never done body
work on a vehicle but I am a metal worker (primarily artistic
metalcasting) but some welding thrown in and I hope to repair
what we can and assess after that if we want to pay someone
else to do what is out of my capacity.

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