Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have debut their converted, all-electric 2002 Honda Civic. The converted vehicle is a production prototype for the ChargeCar Electric Vehicle Conversion Project.
The ChargeCar project is part of Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute’s CREATE Lab, a program that works with local garages to develop necessary methods to convert 2001-2005 Honda Civics into all-electric vehicles. The project also recently converted a 2006 Toyota Scion xB.
The production prototype is a four-door, 2002 Civic EX whose powertrain was replaced by a 35-horsepower electric motor fueled by 33 lithium-ion-phosphate batteries. The vehicle has a range of over 40 miles and a top speed of roughly 70 miles per hour.
The ChargeCar project is currently looking for ways to combine batteries with a supercapacitor storage device and monitoring software to extend an electric vehicle’s range by sponsoring algorithm contests for managing power.
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