Originally installed flooded lead acid batteries, but the customer had to replace the lead acid every 2-4 years and with the reduced weight using the Voltronix Lithium Ion cells, the range was increased without a single cell failure since 2009. Voltronix Lithium Ion batteries are clean and can also be installed sideways for custom applications. This application has batteries in the engine compartment and in the trunk in two racks, replacing the spare tire and gas tank. Replaced Lead Acid batteries with 32 Lithium Ion Phosphate batteries, 14 in trunk, 18 in engine compartment.
An ongoing quest to convert a 914 into an all-electric vehicle. After 2 years and 22 thousand miles, added a chill plate to controller and use water cooling, which makes the controller run much cooler. Had been using a large heat sink with a fan to cool the controller but there were times when the controller got up to 70C. Used a small radiator with fan used on computers to cool the controller and it works great. No need for an automotive grade radiator to water cool your controller.
The goal is to build an EV with satisfying seat-of-the pants performance and range sufficient for anxiety-free use as a daily driver. For various reasons, a 1991 Acura Integra was chosen. The mission milestones, in rough order of priority:
For years, DeLorean Motor Company of Texas has been reconstituting John Z. DeLorean’s vision. The Delorean is poised to make an electric comeback in 2014.