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Offline alvin

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Ranger EV Conversion
« on: January 17, 2012, 08:38:30 PM »
This is a conversion I did a few years ago. It is a 1987 Ford Ranger that I already had. The electric motor is from a forklift. The controller is Open Revolt that you put together yourself. The charger is homemade, rectified mains with a couple inductors, caps, switches, and timer etc.

The batteries are from Wal-Mart flooded deep cycle. Not the best to use but I did all this on the cheap. My range is 25 to 30 miles in the summer, and half that in the winter. There is no heater so it is not driven much when it's too cold.

I have had it up to 60 mph but the range is cut in half at that speed.

Just thought I would share since there were no other post.

Alvin

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Re: Ranger EV Conversion
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 09:18:28 PM »
VERY nice . I have been debating doing this to a Fiero I own but its a toss up of that or the more instant gratification of putting in a supercharged 3.8l v6 I have.. hmmm decisions decisions.
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Re: Ranger EV Conversion
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 05:09:51 AM »
In that car I'm not sure which would be faster.
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Re: Ranger EV Conversion
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012, 04:04:08 AM »
Hi Alvin,
Very cool 8),The" homemade charger"do you have more spec's?
Also the "open revolt" pretty new to this ,so I haven't heard of this before either.
Nice project.....artv

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Re: Ranger EV Conversion
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 06:02:31 AM »
Nicely done Alvin.  Great for short run stuff.

Wolv  go with the 3.8 SC.  But then I am an out of control gear-head.
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Re: Ranger EV Conversion
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2012, 08:48:47 AM »
Thanks for compliments.

The charger is a copy of a Bonn charger http://www.evdl.org/lib/index.html#chg(sort of). That is a bad boy charger with some safety built in to it.There is a main breaker, a ground fault breaker, an inductor, motor run cap.,rectifier,on / off switch , timer, and an output fuse.

My bat. pack is 144 volt so I added a boost regulator circuit with adjustable current limit to get the voltage to the cell balance level.

The Open Revolt controller is an open source projecthttp://ecomodder.com/forum/open-revolt-open-source-dc-motor-controller.html


This is the charger without the cover.