OwnerDave Muse
LocationDearborn, Michigan US map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1981 Subaru 600
aka Jet Electra Van 600
MotorGeneral Electric Series Wound DC
DrivetrainFour speed with clutch
ControllerGeneral Electric EV-1
Batteries17 US Battery 2200, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage102 Volts
Charger
No charger came with my purchase, I was forced to make my own. My DIY charger has a motor-driven variac under the control of custom computer software, monitored by an RS-232 connected multimeter.
DC/DC Converter
No markings on my DC-DC, so I don't know what it is.
InstrumentationState of charge, Amps, Accessory battery volts.
Top Speed60 MPH (96 KPH)
The tiny tires on this van make for a nice bumpy ride!
Range50 Miles (80 Kilometers)
Jet Industries got a 100 mile range on the test track, probably not very healthy for the batteries. I've had mine close to 50 miles out, and there is some indication it could go further.
Seating Capacity2 people comfortably. Four people uncomfortably.
Curb Weight2,350 Pounds (1,068 Kilograms)
TiresKumho Power Star 758
Conversion TimeThis vehicle - with a salvage title - was purchased from eBay, and was in need of extensive repairs. So far, a few hours per week for about a year has put it into drivable condition.
Conversion CostPurchased for about $2000, and another $4000 invested.
One of the later Electra Van 600s, I think (I haven't seen many others with this body style.) Jet Industries made lots of these, from converted Subaru 600 vans.

I've collected a ton of documentation on the Electravan.

See this page: WebPage Links to service manuals, etc. are on the bottom.

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