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EV Karma - 1971 Karmann Ghia

I recently had an opportunity to buy an electric car. Pictures follow. The car is a beautifully restored 1971 Karmann Ghia and the story goes that the restorer, upon finishing the restoration, decided to make it electric rather than put in a gas engine. The electric system isn't the best so I plan to redo the conversion over time.

As it stands -- it has a D&D ES-15A motor running at 72 volts. This is a Brushed DC series wound motor. Alltrax controller and a 72 volt pack of huge flooded lead acid batteries.

Batteries: 
6 Trojan J150 flooded lead acid, 150 AH rating
Lighting: 
Normal VW lights
Charger: 
Schumacher
Drivetrain: 
Shaft-shaft to the drive shaft
Heater: 
none
Controller: 
Alltrax 7245, 500 A
Top speed: 
40-45
Location: 
Mountain View, CA
Motor: 
D&D ES-15A
Number of wheels: 
4
Seating capacity: 
2 w/ a small back seat
Method for 12v system: 
DC-DC, with separate battery, and separate charger
Watt-hours per mile: 
?
Typical range: 
10
System Voltage: 
Vehicle Type: 

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