Owosso Litestar #009


Dave McCoy of Seattle owns #009 which was built in 1985. He purchased it from Henry Copolla, who was a Litestar dealer and an officer in Tomorrow Corp.

It is also listed as Invoice number 28, Tomorrow Corporation title dated March 11, 1985.

Full VIN is 1LSECP2E1F2000009.

The early Scranton, Iowa and Owosso, Michigan built Litestars had problems with the VIN's and did not have federal safety stickers which supposedly all vehicles manufactured at the time were supposed to have.

Dave converted it to an electric vehicle in about 1990. It uses 6 Interstate lead acid batteries each with 88 amp hours. Each battery is almost 70 lbs. The batteries are in series and the overall system operates at 72 volts. I don't know the brand name on the motor. It was originally used to pressurize hydraulic systems.

The motor is about 7 inches in diameter. Runs on 72 volts and uses about 450 amps at this voltage when I floor it.

I am considering switching to 6 Excide Optima batteries which have a lower amp-hour rating (55-60) but are almost half the weight.

The performance is fine and I love the simplicity of the system overall, but the weight is a real problem. I am going to be investigating my alternatives and either switch batteries or go back to gas.

I don't know what the horsepower is, but I can burn rubber easily and even with the added weight the system will go faster than I have been willing to drive it on local roads. Generates so much torque on the low end that I don't use a transmission.

The size of the full system with motor and batteries is quite small. The batteries and motor combined occupy the space formerly occupied by the motorcycle engine. Obviously I don't need a gas tank and all the space above the engine frame area is now empty so essentially the cargo shelf behind the rear seat could go all the way to the back of the vehicle if one chose. Plenty of room for a generator. I have contemplated installing a generator to extend range, but not sure if this would work out and not many sources for information for this application of portable generators so I have never taken any steps in this direction.

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