For the past few years I've been planning this 2001 Civic EV while driving my now retired 1996 Civic EV. The first EV was loads of fun, a great learning tool and a lead sled. I got about 20-25 mile per charge, top practical speed at 45 MPH and 96 volts.
Now have the time and the money to build a newer, faster EV. I have a 2001 Civic EX with 180,000 miles, 144 volts of CALB 180 AH batteries, a Zilla Z1k-LV controller, Elcon 2KW charger and all the misc parts. I kept all the components from my first EV, and thanks to Honda my FB1-4001a and coupling that I built for the first EV fits the new one!
80 to 100 Miles Range
J1772 Charger compatibility for all the charging stations in MA.
75+ MPH top speed (40-45 MPH is my normal commute)
Heat + AC + Power Steering
Based on gathering data from my first EV, my goals seem reasonable for my normal commutes. I rarely drive more than 50 miles in a day, usually its 17 miles before I recharge.
This Wednesday I start my conversion, I have about 3 weeks to finish it before the semester starts up. First I have to replace the rear suspension and the hood release cable, then the car gets gutted. I think I can have the engine out by Friday night and the DC motor installed by the end of the weekend. This time I have all the parts so there is nothing that will hold me up.
Here is my blog for this EV: http://2001-civic-ev.blogspot.com/