|ev album||This is the truck I bought 12/1/08, described on EV Album.|
|safety note||working on the truck can be dangerous. read this first.|
|controller||the manual on the Kelly controller. See 'Controller' section below.|
|Kelly's website||website for Kelly, the company which made the controller.|
|DC-DC converter||? purchased from Cloud-9 ?|
|batteries||the batteries used in the truck. 20 6 volt batteries. 183 AH each.|
|charger||about the QuickCharger built into the truck.|
|brake assist||overview of the vacuum system which assists braking.|
|vacuum pump||vacuum performance at different pump rpms. physical dimensions.|
|vacuum switch||acts like a relay when vacuum low. turns on pump.|
|spec sht||specs on the vacuum pump. adjustment notes|
|KTA||supplied many of the truck's electrical components. a good company.|
|insurance||agent: Denny Jones, State Farm, phone: 925-356-7910|
mazda. converted by Michael Mutch. lethal amount of electric power aboard. # of batteries. type. placement. weight, balance. 5 speed manual. clutchless. gauges. on board: extension cord, log book, title, flashlight insurance.
How to drive it. 'start it'. take off charger. pre-flight: ... ? shifting. free-wheeling. when to shift reverse. jerking. range. illusive. hills freeway. how to know batteries running low. depth of discharge. how to read the gauges. strategies. trip planning. tactics. speed. braking unnecessarily. charging in a strange place. 'charging stations'
USA design but now company is in china. responsive company. very capable unit. has options for regenerative braking.
|%accel||75%||undecided||why not increase ?|
|%max amps||85% ?||85%/350?||undecided||why not increase ?|
|?||125(?)||130 (?)||this has been a problem.|
|%pot box||n/a||80%||undecided||not really a controller issue|
The truck has, I'm told, a nice radio and speaker system. It worked once and was forgotten. Now it doesn't work. It's on my list...
I was amazed to find out how important a defroster is! To turn it on, you must do the following:
TODO: measure current draw. voltage. these can be left on when the truck is off.
Charging: can just leave it on the charger. Rain hasn't been a problem. Battery fluid: a genuine hassle. TODO: describe technique for speeding up. Brushes: yearly ? pressurized lift: windshield wipers, fluid. tires.
I can improve it some but, basically, this is probably the major challenge to driving it. You have to pick your routes such that you're never in an unsafe situation because of the poor acceleration. Big 'semi' trucks may have all kinds of horsepower but they're pulling very heavy loads. Their situation is much the same due to their low power-to-weight ratio. This EV will require you to emulate their thinking.
VIN license number. location of docs. Registration, title.
3.6 cents per mile is my 3/5/09 calculation. It should go down when the PG&E rate is changed. This value doesn't include the amortized cost of replacing the batteries.