Jerry's Citicar Project · 30 March 06
No, I’m not starting a third EV project…this is the other Jerry…well, one of them. ’:^)
This is Jerry “Humanfuse” Schneider’s Electric Vehicle. It’s a Citicar, which, according to some accounts, was the most popular EV ever produced.
First a little background, from Jerry:
I’ve been EV’ing since 1991 and started with my first, out of college job developing high power switch mode battery chargers for GM’s EV1 (then called “Impact” in proto phase). I bought an old, dead, citicar and put it on the road with various homemade controllers, cheesed brakes, etc. [JH: humanfuse, cheesed brakes, what?? ]
I put about 5K miles on it over 3 summers before I “put it down” for a rest. I have since switched jobs at my company (after 10 year in the EV, now called the hybrid group) GM also spun us off as Delphi but got the EV itch again.
Last week, I pulled the tarp off the Citicar and started its second restore. This time, I have the money to buy a modern controller, charger and monitors. This time, I can be a system integrator instead of a component designer. I think I going with AllTrax for my citicar controller with a new 60 volt pack.
The abs plastic body was very brittle and cracked. I decided to ditch the body and make a “jeep” looking car out of it. I’ll narrow and sheet metal the nose, make a frame for the original windshield and leave the top, back, side roll cage exposed. I’ll make a small removable vinyl top to keep some of the rain out. I live in Indiana, so winter driving is not practical due to known battery issues. :
The attached pictures are of last weekend’s work. Next, I’ll buy the controller, make a throttle pot, and start cleaning up the cage. I need to get a plan for the brakes. Seems like there are rebuild kits for the citicar bakes, but I need two new calipers due to pitting. May start over with a modern small car brake set up.
I’ll send more pix and stories as it develops. Goal is on the road <$1200 (pack controller, misc.) and 2 months shop time (w/ wife approval ;)
Thanks, Jerry. We’ll be looking forward to seeing your Citijeep take shape.