|Make/Model||Ford Express 1986 (similar to Ecostar)|
|Motor:||Advanced DC 9" motor dual shaft
28,5 hp continuos / 100 hp peak
|Transmission:||5 speed manual with Mobil ATF SHC fully synthetic oil|
|Controller:||Curtis 1231C, 144 volt /500amps, 1,5/15 kHz|
|Batteries||12 Optima Yellow Top 12 volt, semi traction batteries|
|Instruments:||Ammeter, voltmeter and aux. (12 volt) voltmeter|
|DC/DC converter||Vicor VI-L52-EU , 100-200 volt input, 14.5 volt / 13.3 amp output|
|Cabin heating:||1500W solid-state heater running off the 144 volt..|
|Battery heating:||All batteries in a wooden box in the cargo area. 820W heater with high speed fan. Temperature adjusted to 20 degrees Celsius during winter season.|
|Charging:||One individual charger for each battery. 6 amps constant current until 14,7 volt. 14,7 volt until current drops under 0.7 amps. Finally, 13.7 volt float until unplugging charger. Temperature compensated. Based on Unitrode UC3906 part.|
|Range:||Need to travel a total of only 17 km (10 miles) each day to and from work. Have traveled 37km (23 miles) which resulted in a 65% DOD.|
|Weight before conversion:||970 kg (was down to 750 kg after removing ICE components) (540 kg in front 430 kg rear).|
|Weight after conversion:||1130 kg (550 kg in front, 580 kg rear).|
|Acceleration:||0 - 50 km/h (0-31 mph) 2nd gear: 5 seconds.|
Take a closer look under the hood
My Optima Yellow Top batteries in the back of the car
Clutchless design explained with pictures
This is reuse of the motorbox.
Getting the most out of your Optima Yellow Top batteries
Put your self in the driver's seat
From the daily life with my EV
High Energy EV I think Rich is working on an interesting project..
THINK by Ford Norwegian EV now available in Norway and elsewhere.
Optima Batteries Inc Information about Yellow, Red and BlueTop batteries.
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