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Vehicle Description
Designed by AC Propulsion & Alan Cocconi
Honda Civic

We acquired our A. C. Propulsion e-Civic in May of 2012.  The original owner was
Southern California Edison who acquired the vehicle from ACP as one of their proof-
of-concept test vehicles.  After SCE the chassis was purchased by an Optima Battery
Company engineer who owned the car for 12 years.  Beyond acknowledging that the
Honda numbers indicate a model year of 1995, we do not know what actual year
ACP converted the vehicle.

As pictured below, you might note our eCivic has some dents and dings as we have
not added it to the project list for restoration yet.  We acquired the vehicle as we found
the early ACP concept and engineering too absolutely delightful to pass up.  Alan
Cocconi was truly years ahead-of-his-time when he founded ACP.

Battery configuration: 28 series connected Optima deep cycle (Yellow Top) batteries
D750S. 52 Ah (C/2), 280 W/kg, sealed, maintenance free, ‘Gates’ spiral cell, 1200 lb.,
actual pack voltage ~ 360 V, pack capacity ~ 16 kWh.  The battery pack controls are
upgraded battery management system (ACP BatOp) featuring higher voltage
balancing.  There are two battery management computers on-board, both have the
ability to download serial data to a PC.  The batteries are located in a center tunnel
configuration, much like the GM Impact prototype which Cocconi helped develop for
Aeroenvironment in 1989.

The Drive Train:  pure electric 133 HP (100 kW) AC induction motor with integrated
on-board charger (110 V or 220 V, standard wall plugs), flat power profile, one gear
(no shifting), 165 ft/lb torque (accel.), 105 ft/lb torque (adjustable regen. braking).

Performance:  0 - 60 in 10 seconds; top speed 80 mph; 70 - 90 miles range with new
pack (70% highway); fast charge < 1 hour with 220 V, 80A conductive outlet.

Other Features: Cruise control, traction control, adjustable regen (full glide to full
regen), 2 kW ceramic heater (for defrost and cabin heat).  

We acquired a few other items with the eCivic, including: a 12A load to discharge
system, winch for raising and lowering the traction pack, communications cable
extender (for testing pack prior to installation), 4 spare Batops (individual battery
monitoring units), and three different versions of the battery charging software (IC
chips).