|Top Speed: 42 MPH (governed). Normal cruising speed:
|Range: 40+ miles. Winter range is reduced by up to 50%|
|Base weight is 1620 pounds.|
|The six stock 12 volt batteries were replaced with nine
8 volt Deka Gels. Two of these
batteries were installed in a rear trailer hitch
using GEM's optional Stake Back as the lid.|
|An external Zivan NG3 30 amp charger was added in addition to the on-board Zivan NG1 charger. With nine 165AH batteries in my car, the NG3 charges
them in under 5 hours. It can reach 80% in under an hour.|
|The motor was replaced with a D&D vented 7.5hp unit.|
|The 10" rims were replaced with 16" rims
and low profile, unidirectional high-performance tires. The car was then
re-programmed to be calibrated for this motor /
|The rear fender was replaced with one that would accommodate the larger
tires and would balance the high (stock) front fender.|
|I use my soft, roll-back doors in
the summer and my semi-rigid doors
in the winter.|
|The car has the AVIC-N1 stereo navigation
system that plays mp3's, DVD movies, and GPS satellite navigation.
Satellite XM radio is an optional upgrade.|
|The CrimeStopper alarm system with the Echo paging
system protect the car from intruders. If anyone touches my car, I get
|A 10th battery was installed to power the electronics. A major
benefit of this is that playing the stereo does not reduce mileage.
Another plus is that I can keep my car alarmed while charging her.|
|Two flexible 11 watt solar panels were installed in parallel to keep the
7th battery charged. The typical usage consumption roughly equals the
charging ability of the panels.|
Please note: Any work performed on you own car is at your own risk.
We are only reporting results from our car(s). If you ever do any of the
enhancements we have performed to our cars, be aware that your warrantee will
most likely be voided and could result in major harm to you or your vehicle.
We can not be held responsible.
Example... While working under the dash on a minor issue (with the
master disconnect switch still ON), a wrench slipped and shorted the terminals
across the controller. After the sparks stopped and my eyesight returned,
I was amazed to find that the car still worked. Lesson is to always turn
off the master disconnect switch before working under the dash no matter how
simple the task. I'm sure there are many other lessons to be learned.
Don't find out the hard way :)