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OwnerChris Jordan
(former owner, EV has been sold)
Owner's Other EVE-Pod
LocationSanta Cruz, California United States map
Vehicle1993 CityCom CityEl
OEM Electric with modifications.
MotorThrige-Titan Triage 48V Compound Wound DC
36V nominal
DrivetrainPoly-vee belt 260J13 (13PJ660)
ControllerAlltrax AXE 4865
650 amp 48V nominal
Programmed to deliver 200 amps max to stay
within grip
limits of drive belt. Turns out to be plenty,
especially at the
higher battery voltage.
Batteries4 Sears DieHard Platinum PM-1, 13.40 Volt, Lead-Acid, Gel
90+ Ah 75 LB each EnerSys PC2150 AGM badged as
Die Hard Platinum PM-1. 4-year free
warranty. (one battery possibly reversed,
but warranty
not transferrable between owners)

Upgraded to 48 volt system, 3 batteries in
original battery
rack, and one in the rear cargo area with
steel strap and
long threaded rods holding it in place.
48 volt pack tapped at 36 volts supplies the
factory DC-
DC converter, windshield wiper, and 2 heaters.

Separate charger on each battery and 1
external booster
for rapid charge compensates for the
additional load on the batts in the 36 volt
portion. (about
54V charging)
System Voltage48 Volts
ChargerSears PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610EPS12V
There are four Silence power factor corrected
computer Power Supplies and 1 external Sears
charger/booster. As stock power supplies they
can deliver
12.0 volts at 49 amps and 1 external Sears
Platinum (2 to
125 amp charger or booster- 16.6 to
13.1 to 40 (microprocessor controlled) volts.
The great things:
1) better efficiency due to PFC
2) automatically accepts 100-240V
3) very quiet
4) lightweight (on-board chargers)
5) fast charging
6) one charger per battery
7) external booster is heavier and noisier,
but not always
Heatertwo 400W and fans
DC/DC Converter
InstrumentationStandard Dash, Battery low voltage alert, bike
replaces annoying LED array simulating analog
Green "glow-light" light-stick. LED lights
added outside
Top Speed50 MPH (80 KPH)
Significantly faster acceleration with 48
volts instead of 36
volts at the controller input. I can now take
expressways! Less range, but keeps right up
with fast traffic
and zips up hills (motor does get pretty hot
Acceleration0 mph to 40 mph; 20 seconds - NO jackrabbit
starts; steady
climb in speed. Very governed to save belt!
Range20 Miles (32 Kilometers)
Not getting original 35 mile range due to faster
and double the top speed.
EV Miles
Start:75,000 Miles (120,675 Kilometers)
Current:76,000 Miles (122,284 Kilometers)
Total:1,000 Miles (1,609 Kilometers)
    As of 9/30/2019
Seating Capacity1 adult (extra battery exceeds weight, higher
acceleration and top speed- 1 more passenger
would be
Curb Weight825 Pounds (374 Kilograms)
4th battery, 4 chargers, tester, relays,etc.
Normal is 630
pounds. Over all limits!
Tires3 Pirelli 80/70 16s - 2 back, 1 front
Conversion TimeFactory built, with significant modifications
detailed below.
Conversion Cost
Additional FeaturesDrive ratio changed from original 7.2:1 to about 4.5:1 to increase
top speed. New

1) Custom solid aluminum driven pulley with anodized finish.
2) Custom solid aluminum idler assembly to accommodate the new
smaller driven
3) 260J13 poly vee belt.
4) More powerful (Alltrax) motor controller, current limited to
200A to prevent
damaging stress to drive belt.

Bike computer and interface (provides more accurate speed reading,
average speed,
better visibility at night than the stock glaring LED array)

Recharge to 80% SOC is very quick, under 2 hours for a 20 mile
trip, all from a
conventional 20 amp circuit.

Windshield wiper & washer, heaters, turn signals, headlight,
brake lights, interior
lights, stereo ; all work great!

3rd brake light on roll bar to enhance visibility. (2 additional 8
LED trailer lights for
rear brake lights added recently)

More info about City-Els: WebPage ,
WebPage ,
Ralf Wagner's Web site at

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