25 Sep '11, 10pm

EVCONN 2011: Mike Picard’s Electric Willys Jeep Conversion: Mike Picard’s cooler-than-yours electric car, bas...

EVCONN 2011: Mike Picard’s Electric Willys Jeep Conversion: Mike Picard’s cooler-than-yours electric car, bas...

Like most of the vehicles at the Cape Girardeau event, Picard’s Willys is a reliable driver. So reliable, in fact, that Picard plans on taking it up to Alaska as part a convoy of military vehicles next year. Since it has a range of about 30 miles on its 18 “conventional” lead-acid batteries (as opposed to the more advanced li-ion type), and takes a few hours to charge, the Willys will need to continually recharge on the road. Mike plans to build range-extending generator into a towable trailer, and let the Willys pull its own high-voltage charger as a “disconnect hybrid “. By Picard’s math, the Jeep should hum along at about 20-22 mpg during the trip.

Full article: http://gas2.org/2011/09/25/evconn-2011-picards-electric-j...

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