Spitfire Electric Car · 26 August 07
This is a 1980 Spitfire which Alvan Judson converted to electric.
Alvan sent along a suggested change to Eve’s schematic a couple years back and mentioned that he was in the planning stages for his own EV. Now his own electric car is done and he’s already put 2,000 miles on it. Looks like he did a great job!
Of course the first photo (click to see full sized) shows that you too can have a sporty EV parked in your driveway!
Here’s a view of the interior. I told a friend about the EV and, apparently familiar with Spitfire’s, he asked where the heck all of the batteries went. You can see in this photo that a couple of them went right behind the seats. Alvan used a separate battery box (insulated?) for each battery, which does give things a neat appearance.
The dash looks nice an clean, with maybe an extra meter or two.
There are ten batteries in the Spitfire, 5 up front and 5 in the back. If you pop open this photo you’ll see the layout for the front five. Also, just barely visible, is the Curtis 1221 Controller in the middle right. Next to it is the ACC battery for the EV: a PowerSonic 1250 5 AH AGM. It only weighs 2lbs and provides an alternative/backup to the CC Power Electronics DC/DC converter (the blue box?).
Another view of the front batteries. The car has rear wheel drive so the Advanced DC 8” motor is probably nestled right under the row of three batteries, mated straight to the transmission.
The EV uses a Zivan NG 3 battery charger.
Thanks for sharing, Alvan.
If you are working on, or have a completed EV that you’d like to share with us, be sure to drop me an email. We’ll take all of the photos, schematics, and gory details (blood, sweat, and tears) that you can send.