Tilt Bed with battery boxesElectronicsDigital Voltage MetersInstrument ClusterSolar Panels240 and 120 volt charging sockets16,000 Miles
OwnerJay Summet
LocationAtlanta, Georgia US map
WebWebPage
Vehicle1995 Chevrolet S-10
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001A Series Wound DC
72-144 VDC
Drivetrain5 speed manual, no clutch.
ControllerCurtis 1231C-86
500 Amps 96-144 volts
Batteries20 Interstate GC2, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
Second pack of batteries. They have speed caps (3 screw caps on a lever arm arangement). They also weigh 9 lb more per battery than the Sams Club batteries, and cost about $18 more per battery.


First Pack of Sams Club batteries had individual screw caps, sourced by Johnson Controls / US Battery. 105 minute reserve time (I assume at 75amp rate), approx 186 Ah capacity at the 20 hour rate. Lasted 2.75 years and 4,861 miles.

See webpage (linked above) for more details about the 1st pack's battery life. Look for the post on "cost of ownership".
System Voltage120 Volts
ChargerZivan NC3
240v smart charger - Used for equalization charges and fast charging. I have a QuickCharge 110v charger which I use more frequently for overnight charges.
Heater120V DC Resistive
DC/DC ConverterMeanwell SD-500H-12
(72-144v 7.8A input, 500W 13.5v output)
InstrumentationCurtis e-meter, Speed-o-meter/odometer, digital volt meters (Traction Pack & Accessory 12v), Amps (motor current), Vacuum gauge, PakTrakr to monitor individual batteries and battery current.
Top Speed70 MPH (112 KPH)
Range35 Miles (56 Kilometers)
20 mile range to 50% SOC, 29 miles to last "yellow" bar on the e-meter. I estimate 35-40 miles if I push the pack towards an early death.
Watt Hours/Mile650 Wh/Mile
When charging from 50-70% SOC every few days to remove some charging inefficiencies, measured at the wall.
EV Miles
Start:11,562 Miles (18,603 Kilometers)
Current:17,121 Miles (27,547 Kilometers)
Total:5,559 Miles (8,944 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity3 (very friendly) adults,
TiresBig, Fat, and inefficient.
Conversion TimePurchased from original converter as a "used" e-truck. He said it took several months.
Installing a tilt bed kit and welding battery boxes to the frame under the bed takes extra work, but is well worth it to be able to throw things in the bed. The ability to use the truck to pick up and transport (light) loads makes it very useful. I highly recommend the tilt-bed with batteries between the frame rails configuration. It also keeps the center of gravity very low.

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