Overview Specifications

  • '73 Opel GT
  • Warp 9 Motor
  • Zilla Controller
  • 48 Thunder Sky Batteries
  • Range: 60 miles
  • Conversion Cost: $15,000 US

Owners

  • Charlie & Tamera Rickman
  • Lubbock, Texas

EV Miles

  • 11,252 Miles
    As of 8/1/2012

Notes:

The Opel GT is our daily driver we use it for getting to work and most errands around town.

Motor

  • Netgain's Warp 9
  • 24.1 kW* (@72V, 335A)** Can be run up to 192V
  • 5,500 RPM

Performance

Notes:

This motor is powered at 156 volts at up to 1000 amps. Providing much better performance than the original 1.9 liter engine.

Controller

  • Cafe Electric's: Zilla LV
  • Up to 156 Volts
  • 1000 amps
  • Liquid Cooled
  • Optional HEPA Peddle

Notes:

The Zilla controller was the original high performance controller on the market and models of it power the worlds fastest EVs today.

Batteries

  • 48x Thunder Sky (LiFePO4)
  • 3.6 volts
  • 100 amp hours

Battery Connections

  • Braided Straps
  • M8 1.25 16mm Stainless Steel Bolts w/ Nordlock Washers

Notes:

The chemistry of these cells is Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) or LFP. The main advantage of LFP batteries is that they do not have the volatile thermal issues that Li-ion batteries have, making LFP batteries much safer than Li-ion. The other advantage is that they have very high cycle life of up to 2000 cycles, compared with Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries that have a cycle life of about 400 cycles. This means that LFP cells can last 5 times longer than SLA batteries.

Charger

  • Zivan Charger (110 volts)
  • Programed to charge batteries to 3.8 volts.
  • Charge Time: 8 hours

Notes:

This small charger is onboard and can be plugged into any standard 110 volt outlet. We have never had to charge the car anywhere but home.

   

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