95 Chevy Corsica, Electric Vehicle - EV (fully electric car)
Ive been working on this project for almost 1 year and spend a lot of time
and money with it I was planning to add another 6 batteries in the trunk,
however, I am really short on money right now and cant afford it. But the
vehicle has a lot of trunk space and would be very install the batteries to
increase your range.
The 6 batteries located in the engine compartment are new; I bought 6 Dual
purpose Deep cycle marine batteries from AutoZone. The batteries are in
VERY GOOD CONDITION, LIKE NEW and should last many years.
I drove this EV and was able to get it up to 55 MP/H (or 88 KM/H). It
drives very nice and smooth without any problems. When this car was in its
early development stages, I had to make a decision between performance and
range, so I tried to balance it. This 72V system was designed to work with
12V batteries (six in the front and six in the back) but I havent added the
6 in the back.
Most people choose manual transmission for their EVssince I didnt have a
donor car with manual transmission I designed everything to accommodate
that. I kept the original torque converter in the transmission, but the new
owner can pick new torque converter that requires less spin of the motor to
lock it making the acceleration better. But for me it drives fine as it is.
This is only optional.
I am sorry, but I dont have any other information on the motor. I measured
about 7 inches diameter and about 14 inches long. (Not counting the shaft)
Its an Advanced DC Series Wound Motor.
I havent driven this car until the batteries are drained so I really cant
tell how far it will go. I got about 15 miles and the 72V bank was reading
72.1 Volts. I started with the reading of 78.3 volts. The batteries are not
broken in yet, it will increase overtime. There is only 6 batteries right
now, once the new battery bank is set in the trunk, range should increase
dramatically. (the battery bank in the back should be connected in parallel
with the front battery bank, increasing the amperage capacity, but keeping
it at 72V)
Charging Time: 2-6 hours (depending how much you drove before charging) the
battery bank is small, and if you drive down a few miles only, it charges
up in about 1 hour or so.
Top Speed: 55 MHP (on straight road) Ive had this EV as high as 55 MHP, but
I live in the city and only drive around 30-35MPH
All the electrical parts, such as headlights, blinkers, stop light, reverse
light, high beams, etc are working properly.
The instrument cluster was completely re-done to fit this EV. I wanted to
give a factory look so I kept everything as factory as possible. When you
look at the car and even when you get in You wont notice the difference
until you start driving it.
Ive added 2 digital meters to monitor the two 12V batteries and 72V battery
bank. I custom made the new dash to incorporate the words System Engaged
when the vehicle is turned ON and also put a charging indicator in blue
letters (lit when plugged) so you dont drive away when the car is plugged
in) they are very visible even in daylight.
The interior is very nice and clean (but please, expect normal wear and
tear), the mats and seat covers are new. The back seat could use a seat
cover as well, but its not bad.
I never drove it with more than the driver and one passenger. But I am sure
it can take 2 passengers in the back.
I drove this EV for more than 100 miles so far, it drives really nice, but
there is a little difference while driving an EV. For example when you
stop, the electric motor stops as well, so if you are on some type of
incline, you have to either keep the motor running at low speed (which is
not recommended at all, waists energy!!!) or press the breaks while you
accelerate a bit so the car wont start moving back. But you get used to it
after a few miles.
The tires on the EV are ok, with about half life on them.
The body of the car is in very good shape for a 1995 car. There are some
fading in the rear bumper, a ding in the passenger side door and a dent on
the drivers side door right by the mirror. The drivers side door mirror is
off, looks a little bent, I dont want to pop in place because I dont want
to break the plastic around it. Its working just fine and you can adjust
I added two 12V fans on top of the controller to keep it cool during
driving. Both fans come on and off as the car is turned ON and OFF.
Test Drive 1993 Chevrolet Corsica LT
In this video I give a short tour and test drive of a 1993 Chevrolet
Corsica LT. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and
exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and
noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I show the car idling as
well as take it on a thorough test drive through the city and highway on
various surfaces. A thorough drive of this car designed to give others a
greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.