The converting, maintenance, and operation of a Suzuki Samurai conversion to Electric power.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Off to the show

I spent today cleaning, polishing, and tying up loose ends. Tomorrow Sparky gets towed to Middletown to participate in a mini car show. I created a placard for it:


1987 Suzuki Samurai

Owner Storm Connors Barkhamsted, CT

Motor Advanced DC Series Wound 9"

Drivetrain Stock 5 speed, dual range, 4 wheel drive

Controller DC Power Systems Raptor 600 upgraded to 1200
Batteries 18 US Battery GC8V, 8 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded

11 batteries below floor, 6 (+house 12v) under hood

System Voltage 144 Volts

Charger 2 military surplus 150v chargers in series.

On board charger is a bridge rectifier "bad boy" with GFI

Heater Ceramic element replacing heater core

DC/DC Converter Sony Laptop brick power supply 18v output, 120/220v input brick connected to traction pack. Output goes into a simple controller made for solar panels.

Instrumentation Ammeter, Voltmeter,

Trimetric which displays amps, volts, amp hrs used since last charge, % charge remaining, and cumulative amp hours (

Top Speed 80 MPH (128 KPH)
Acceleration Not earth shaking, but adequate

Range 30 Miles (48 Kilometers)
Gas mileage 550 Watt hr/Mile
Seating Capacity 2 adults

Curb Weight 3,320 Pounds (1,509 Kilograms)
Tires Titan Radial load range C ST205-75 R15

Extras After market hard top

Vacuum booster pump provides the brake assist.
Computer slot fans to ventilate the battery boxes.

Battery control panel

This is a pretty spartan vehicle. Not much in the way of creature comforts.

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