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28 January 2018

It’s Electric!

This classic beauty of a 1967 Volvo Model 122 has been converted to full electric drive and owner David Breuer shares some words during the early years of talking this worthwhile project. David’s timeline beginning in 2010 reads;
I am still in the process of converting. Motor and transmission are at the machinist. Still deciding on batteries and location.

I have the motor and transmission installed. Thank you Dan & Bob at Creative Werks here in Des Moines. An amazing adapter plate and coupler. Did a 12V test with the motor and no noise or vibration. With 12V the speedo got up to 20mph. It is going to be so quite. Now working on the battery boxes.

Rear battery box is complete. I’m being real lazy with taking and uploading pictures. During the long weekend hopefully I can convince my beautiful girlfriend to take some new shots and update this page.

Got the Volvo up and running. Drove it back and forth to work for a week. A round trip of 10 miles no problems. Friday of the week experienced a thunderstorm on the drive home car performed well until last corner to home. The center drive shaft bearing gave out and drive shaft started knocking into the floor plan. Replaced the mount and bearing and took the car on a 25 mile round trip drive. Once again did very well on the drive and still showed 112 volts left on the batteries. During the trip had to perform an emergency stop. . .there was quite a bit of emergency in the brakes. The car is going to need a bit of brake work to make my girlfriend feel safe on drives. Looking into different options on the brake system currently. I’m finding the problem with a 1967 Volvo Amazon electric car is not the electric car part, but the 1967 Volvo. Parts are hard to come by and all have to be shipped in. I’m still in love with the car and don’t regret the decision to convert. I will update the page once I get the new brake system installed.

Weather is nice again after a cold winter. Driving the Volvo daily again. No problems except for a random shut down of the PakTrakr. All of the wires have been checked but still haven’t figured out why it shuts down sometimes on cold nights on an extended hill on the drive home. Currently driving 10 miles a day, and it is awesome.

Driving daily still. Due to the weight and the hilly nature of the daily drive the brakes seem to be wearing out. It still has plenty of stopping power with the single circuit master cylinder, but will probably upgrade to a dual circuit when it is time to replace the pads and shoes all the way around.

It is now 2018, all has gone well and the Volvo is now a daily driver. David summarizes the acceleration with 60 MPH (96 KPH) Top speed so far. I’ve had no reason to take it any faster. Still had plenty of pedal left to go faster. Keeps up with traffic. Not spectacular but fast enough to wow most people that have gone for a test spin. Stay tuned as we bring you a new “old” classic vehicle converted to electric drivetrains and the tales that accompany the journey. Enjoy the super moon, be well. JDL

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