[Oeva-list] Upgrades for Zap Car (Kitting it up)

Myles Twete matwete at comcast.net
Sat Aug 25 10:38:40 PDT 2012

How about upgrading to enable Level 2 charging or is that already built-in?


From: oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org [mailto:oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org] On
Behalf Of Datta, Sham M
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 12:07 PM
To: cje at hevanet.com; oeva-list at oeva.org
Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] Upgrades for Zap Car (Kitting it up)


I have also upgraded my Zap as follows:


Upgrades done by me & my auto-mechanic:


.         84 volt system by adding another battery (gives me 42mph speed)

.         Install 155 80R12 tires (the tallest that can fit my Zap Sedan) -
This gives another 3 miles speed boost. Also improved the ride a bit.

.         Air-ride Schocks - Makes the Zap ride way improved for my ever
aching bad back. Before this upgrade  I could feel every sewer cover plat on
the road and being a 3 wheeler Zap hits every one of them - (Before Air-ride
schocks I had become an expert in "snake like driving, where I could avoid
manhole covers on all the Hillsboro roads) - Please see this:

.                 Woodward suspension kits from Grantpass are NOT available
any more.

.         Installed variable front coil spring from "Zap second chance shop"

.         Installed Deka US made Gel batteries (140 AH - Needs metal work to
be done on battery cage) but allows me 35 miles range.



Upgrades Planned for rest of this years:


.         I am upgrading the "low 5HP Zap original motor" into 3 phase 12 HP
AC motor with AC Curtis controller & regen breaking.

.         Go to 100 volt Lithium-ion pack with a BMS.

.         Replace the Zap Radio & speakers into some good music system that
can really play CDs and MP3s etc.

.         Instal a GOOD electric heater.


Email me, if you need any info on my upgrades Or connections to my
auto-mechanic. or if you want see my Zap turned into a Lexus.


Sham Datta.



-----Original Message-----
From: oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org [mailto:oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org] On
Behalf Of cje at hevanet.com
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:48 AM
To: oeva-list at oeva.org
Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] Upgrade Zap


I upgraded mine about three years ago to 84v, it was pretty easy, feel free
to stop by and take a look if you'd like, I'm in southeast, just get ahold
of me any time. You need, like, a battery and some cables, and a place to
stick the extra battery. Oh, and another charger, cause a 72v charger won't
charge 84v worth a darn .. my guess is you'd just run down to Fishermans
Supply and get a cheap 12v charger.


There's a guy in Grants Pass, Grants Pass Electric Vehicles if I recall
correctly, who sells parts.





> Lisa Hi,

>             I have been maintaining and running a 2006 ZAP for past 4

years> ....  I do NOT know any local folks that can work on ZAP,,, I

use "second

ch> ance shop" (see the link below) to get parts and do all the work

myself. I

> also have a mechanic in Hillsboro who helps me on the project.


> Thanks,

> Sham

> http://xebraparts.com/index.php



> From: oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org [mailto:oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org] 

> On

Beh> alf Of Lisa Krenzler

> Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 4:26 PM

> To: oeva-list at oeva.org

> Subject: [Oeva-list] Upgrade Zap


> Hi OEVA Members,


> I bought a 2010 Zap and need to have it fixed up to be useful.  Could 

> you

p> lease suggest people or businesses I could contact who do this kind 

p> of

work> ..


> Thank you,


> Lisa Krenzler







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