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Mission for 2007 Accomplished: Convert an ICE to an EV.

Hi my name is Manny. In March 2007 I picked up a nice '69 VW pan with upgraded disc brakes,shocks and an electric motor already mated to the tranny. I also acquired a '71 pan/'74 SuperBettle ICE based/'79-'80 styled Bradley GT2 (non-electric version with an '88 title.) from eBay. Took pretty much the whole month to get legal (not me, I was born here) with the DMV and CHP. Now the fun begins. Update: EV completed in December 2007

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Monday, April 30, 2007

EV ( Electric Vehicle ) Conversion 4-30-2007

Mowed the lawn, replaced the threshold between the kitchen and the foyer, killed a hobo...
Didn't want you to think I've been getting lazy.
One of the hardest parts so far has been the battery selection phase of this project.
I need to know what batteries I'm going with, to

  1. Tell Bryan at Belktronix to optimize his system for them.
  2. Figure out the battery boxes and how to weld and bolt them to the car
  3. Know how many happy hours I'm gonna have to miss this year as discretionary funds will have been spent.

12V AGM Contenders:

  • Discover Energy EV12A-A
    12 Volt 140 Amp. Hrs.
    @ 20-Hour Rate
    1 hour rate (84.0A to 09.00 volts) 84 A.H.
  • PowerSonic PS-121400FR
    12 Volt 140 Amp. Hrs.
    @ 20-Hour Rate
    1 hour rate (84.0A to 09.00 volts) 84 A.H.
  • Interstate DCM0100
    100 Amp. Hrs.@ 20-Hour Rate
    1 hour rate (57.0A to 09.60 volts) 57 A.H.

Until the FireFly's are available or Valence come down 50% in price.

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Why I'm doing this.

Yeah, I care about the environment as much as the next guy. And yeah, I'm a nerdy geek. But, when it comes down to it, what really made me spend my free time and money on this endeavor, is knowing that: every time I put in any gas in my car, some money (a penny is too much) is going to people that want to KILL our kids.
"You don’t have to be a military strategist on the order of Sun Tzu or Carl von Clausewitz to understand: It is a bad idea to fund your enemy’s war effort. But every time we fill the tanks of our cars with gasoline we put money in the pockets of terrorists intent on killing Americans."
Clifford D. May

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