Illness forces sale of a true piece of
VW Golf, converted reputedly by the man himself
28 Optima Yellow Top batteries
420 volts Max.
variable regen braking (0% to 100%)
The best Battery Management System ever devised for lead modules
Look down to each module, temperature and voltage
What you get:
(Unless you are a cracker-jack tinkerer)
AC-150: As powerful as an EV1, but even more advanced
The AC-150 is the name of the motor-controller-charger unit which is the heart of the EV. Just add batteries and ergonomic controls, and you have an EV that rocks!
See what's under the hood
|I am fortunate enough
to be driving a vehicle made by ACPropulsion.com. This "AC-150" (until it gets a name) is the successor vehicle to the EV1 and
uses even more advanced technology. But it is not as polished as you would expect from a production vehicle, it's
more like a drag racer.
This view from the 22 east in heavy traffic shows the dash. The mph gauge is on the left, and on the right is a log-scale Ammeter, showing instantaneous draw and charging.
There are 8 "bars of power", and a hefty reserve under that. I am trying to coddle the new batteries, which are about half as good as the Panasonic lead-acid batteries on the old 1997 EV1. This lasts only up to the freeway entrance, as a big pickup truck starts eating my extension cord. Of course, it disappears in the electron cloud as I crank up the power just a tiny bit, swooping onto the freeway. Not easy to restrain the power, when there is so much.
|The curious rectangle just above the (non-power-assisted) steering is a battery power indicator,
with one light for each of the 28 batteries (4 rows of 7). When undervoltage (extreme acceleration) or high voltage
(too much regen) the lights light up; otherwise, they just show each battery in the normal range at startup.
One of the neatest features is shown at right -- a slide control for the regenerative braking. Push it up, you are all coast; pull it down, you are 100% regen. This brings the car to a stop very fast, so you don't need much brake; on the other hand, don't pull your foot off the pedal too fast! Other neat features including variable charging and cruise control. Until you are used to this feature, leave it on 30% (similar to the RAV4-EV).
On the 57 fwy north, wave and beep as we swing around a Prius in lane 3. For some reason, he is only going 55. We want to encourage people to associate Prius with electric car. Some day, the oil companies will allow hybrids that can be plugged in.
|The greatest thing about this AC-150 is the similarity to the vanished EV1. This EV1 is leased by
someone at AQMD, they are singing the weeps about having to return it in 2 weeks. I told them to fight GM...
The security guard came up and said, "...no one wants those, they don't make them any more...". I guess this copy would fetch $50,000 cash on the barrel head, if GM were not going to vindictively destroy it. I offered the guy $30k for the car, but he said he could not deliver it. Still, he'll probably continue to believe "nobody wants them". I end up at AQMD with only 1 bar of power, about 5 miles per bar of power. There was heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic, and I took a little detour. With fast charging, I pick up 4 bars of power (up to 5) in about 20 minutes.
Making the transition to the 57 north, it was fun to swoop past a corvette, who shut down in despair. The AC-150 went about 60-65, with the cruise control, until the jam-up.
|The EV1, one of the last existing copies, is limited to charging on the magnecharger. The "AC-150"
can charge from the fast charging connector (50A) or the Avcon (29A) or normal 120 (29A).
We decide to head north to the source, AC Propulsion offices. After the display shows 5 bars of power (the light seems to go on when you get 10% of the power of that bar). North on DBB, I behave until hitting the 57 entrance on Sunset Crossing, zooming out in front of all slow traffic. This car reminds me of the EV1, when you always leave the pack in the dust. Even with the RAV4-EV, you can usually be in front. But with this car, you can stay in front of any car, if you so choose, and not using too much power either. The slow mustang in front of me paused, confused by merging with a truck. Cars were crowding us, but the EV merged around it all, flowing smoothly into the lane 2 traffic pattern.
|Arriving at ACpropulsion with 3 bars of power (out of 8). Inside this building is the source of the most advanced EV technology in the world. No one can equal the power and convenience of the AC-150, which forms the heart of the EV, and certainly no once can equal its performance. They are rumored to be working on Lithium battery packs that contain almost 5 times the juice of the car I am driving, and weighs only half as much as the 28 cruddy batteries that are in it now. What performance this car would have, with that kind of batteries! ACP is also supposed to be converting a Scion to an EV. I wonder how much they have to cut out, where they put the batteries, how they hook it up to the transaxle. I hear the Scion transaxle is the transmission, so it probably takes some engineering. And then there is the legendary T-Zero. With the latest version of the AC-150 (reputedly called "gen II") and new batteries, it goes 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and goes up to 300 miles on a charge.|
|Whoops, a solar system! There are more and more solar systems going up. This new one is highly visible
to all the neighbors, and to street traffic.
This solar house could generate a large part of the electric needed for operating 2 EVs, and probably enable them to live mostly "OIL FREE".
But without EVs for sale, solar houses cannot help lower the demand for oil. Most of our electric utilities in California operate on natural gas. Even shifting to off-peak electric would mean that EVs lower gasoline demand.
Natural gas comes from different wells than oil, in general, so either moving to use of CNG vehicles or EVs would lower the need for pumping oil.
|Back to AQMD with only one bar of power. After 40 minutes, we are up to 6 bars of power (really a little more than 5) and ready for the return trip. With lots of excess energy, we still keep speed down to 70-75.|
|The EV1 is still here. Too bad these last few EV1 cannot be rescued, somehow! The structure above the cars consists
of two long rows of solar panels that compensate for any electric used by EVs.
At night, the chargers draw from the grid; in the day, it actually contributes to the grid.
|Please Contact Doug Korthof, 562-430-2495 for inquiries about purchasing the VW Golf
Offers considered above $10K