Kit #3 is a 120 volt kit that gives freeway speeds at a lower cost then our Kit #4. Great performance can be had with a 120 volt setup especially when installing it in a fiberglass kit car like Bradley GT in this picture. 120 volts also lets us charge with a normal 110 volt outlet without adding any extra cost. The cost for this complete kit is $4,645.00 + shipping.
Installation of the motor is easier than pulling out the original gas motor. In the case of the VW chassis the electric motor is bolted to the transmission with only four bolts. Other vehicles may require more hardware and additional engine mount brackets, but it is still relitive easy compared with the gasoline counterpart. This picture shows the motor installed in the vehicle we saw in the previous picture.
There are a number of batteries available for electric vehicles, however the most cost effective is the old faithful lead-acid batteries. We have three choices comonly available to us at this time; six volt, eight volt and twelve volt batteries. This 120 volt kit will require 20 six volt batteries or 15 eight volt batteries or 10 twelve volt batteries. Batteries can be placed just about any place they can fit, as in this picture under the back sit. You will want to keep in mind the weight distribution recommended by the vehicle manufacture when installing batteries.
The controller that comes with this 120 volt kit is manufacture by a well known name in the EV industry. The Curtis 1231C that is included in this kit can be upgraded to a 144 volts and will provide great performance. In this picture you can see it mounts easily on the back wall of the engine compartment of the VW Beetle. Because there are so few parts in a EV conversion compared with a gasoline engine, the engine compartment looks relitively clutter free and simple.
The complete components for Kit #3 are as follows:
* Series Motor 90 HP Peak 6.7" dia. X 15.5" long
*Substitues will be made for parts if unavailable.