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OwnerRichard Slatin
LocationPhoenix, Arizona United States map
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Vehicle1982 Bradley GT2 Electric
Described as "...the best example of building from kits...delivers impressive performance..." ("Build Your Own Electric Vehicle", by Bob Brant, pg. 90).
Motor BT1346 Series Wound DC
This 9 1/4" motor did NOT require using an adaptor plate to mate it to the transaxle. (20.9hp/4700rpm/14.4kw at peak)
DrivetrainVW, manual transmission
ControllerGeneral Electric EV-1
This older SCR-based technology performs well. It's parallel and series battery use options increase range by reducing voltage by 50% while cruising.
Batteries10, 13.00 Volt, Nickel-Metal Hydride
System Voltage130 Volts
ChargerK and W BC-20
It's really a nice, economical on-board charger, and 20 amps is a pretty good charging rate for 120vac. Compared to 230-240vac, 120vac is more readily available.
HeaterTwo 12amp/12vdc hair dryers. Works fine with our mild winters.
DC/DC ConverterSevcon 622/11095
Downconverts 130vdc to 13.5vdc to keep the accessory battery charged. Good performer and well-priced (
Top Speed75 MPH (120 KPH)
Range65 Miles (104 Kilometers)
Watt Hours/Mile6 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Current:1,800 Miles (2,896 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2
Curb Weight1,700 Pounds (772 Kilograms)
EMPI coil-over shocks in front, GABRIEL Hi-Jacker air shocks in the rear.
TiresMichelins LRR
Conversion TimeNo conversion, as this was designed as an all-electric version of the Bradley GT2. The parts were literally acquired from all over the U.S.A, and once acquired (with substitutions/upgrades as appropriate), the restoration process lasted 2 1/2 months.
Additional FeaturesTwo rear air dam intake ports to keep the controller, batteries, and motor air-cooled.
This is one of 50-60 believed manufactured as kits or factory-built in the early 1980's. Originally, the factory-built version sold for $27,000 and the kit sold for $13,134. The upgrade from ICE/gas to electric version of the GT2 was $4,995. This is a daily driver; costing less than $1/day to operate.

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