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Come for a nose-off video drive in our second FrogE electric Sprite

Our second electric is ready for range and systems testing!

The nose is now on, and notice the lexan grill cover, meant to improve the aerodynamic drag of that usually open big mouth. Better aero=better range! Cooling air is no longer needed.

Come for a drive in the video below!

Below you can see the finished car, which was truly rescued by this electric conversion. This car sat for ages and was slowly returning to the earth, until our customer asked if we could revive the vehicle with electricity, and now he has taken a dormant asset in his garage and turned it into a delightfully smooth machine.

We’ve dressed up the car with new wheels and tires as well as a new interior and tonneau. It’s nicer than ever, but not so nice that you can’t drive and enjoy it. We’ll soon send her back home to Maryland, where the car will share the garage with a Tesla.

FrogE electric Bugeye number two nears completion

We’ve begun drive testing on FrogE #2, destined for a customer in Maryland. We are not done yet, but here are pictures of our progress to date. This car uses different batteries than car #1, with a goal of increased range. Below you can see the completed battery array, complete with Ferrari-like lexan viewing panels over the battery cells.

Above you can also see the heat exchanger in the radiator brackets, 220 charger (in front of the batteries) and the single master cylinder for the brake pedal. We would love to sell electric conversion kits, but the complexity is such that for now we can only do conversions in our building. Call if you would like us to pick up your car and bring it here for conversion. Our trucks can go anywhere. Until we can simplify this installation, our kits will have to wait, unless you are a very skilled installer.

Above you can see the framework Kenny designed to hold our batteries. This cage will allow the entire battery assembly to lowered in place with an engine hoist. You can see the blue AC electric motor in the photo above, in the transmission tunnel, where it lives low and aft.

Above you can see the level 2 (220) charge plug in place in the flip-up filler cap. We had to modify the cap to allow use of the charging station plug to fit, but we are very happy with the result. Car #1 had a 110 plug in the filler neck, but this charger allows both a 110 and 220 plug in the same receptacle with an adaptor. So car #2 has one recharge receiver instead of two.

Notice also the larger brake pedal and absence of a clutch pedal

Above you can see the nearly complete new blue interior. Below is how we got the car. While here, this car has received a new welded up dashboard with navy blue cover and new electronic gauges that speak to the electric systems on board. One big challenge is routing the wires from the rear of the car to the forward compartment. We built a fat box over the inner rocker panel on the passenger side which serves as a soffit for the wires. You can just see that the inner rocker panel cover is a bit thicker than usual because of the heavy wires that run inside. In this way, we can hide the wires that communicate between front and rear of the car.

New seats and steering wheel go in next! We’ll have more pictures next week of the completed car!

FrogE Electric Bugeye Sprite top speed run

Top speed is not often discussed in the Frogeye-sphere. But we are in the sure-footed business. And each week we take another rattling car that should not be driven above 40 or so mph and turn it into a highway capable roadster.

Our electric cars are particularly capable, because we know upfront that the power plant puts the car in another league, and everything has to be set up right because they go fast in a (relative) hurry.

While out in FrogE number one the other day, I had to see what kind of top speed is possible for an electric Bugeye. Our GPS speedometer captures top speed as one of it’s many functions, which it saves as shown in the photo above. This photo was taken after the drive while in the garage.

Note that the analog needle stops at 100 and the peak digital meter seems to be without limits…

No valve clatter at high RPMs.

The amazing 1659 pound electric FrogE Sprite.

I had my first off-site FrogE charging session this week, at the Westport, CT train station, next to two BMW SUVs (as shown below). It was quite novel to plug-in a fuel nozzle for free, and I didn’t tire of watching the kilowatts flow.

Is this how most filling stations will look in 50 years?

Two electric SUVs and one electric SV.

Our big electric car news this week is the results from a session on four scales to measure the total weight of the car and the weight distribution. Below are the numbers for the FrogE electric #1 (seen above). The car weighs 1659 pounds, just 78 pounds more than the gas Bugeye we weighed about a year ago. That gas car had just 1/3 fuel on board. Were the tank full, the weight differential between the cars would be a mere 46 pounds. We’re excited that our electric is just roughly 50 pounds heavier when loaded enough batteries for a 100 mile range.

Near perfect 50/50 weight distribution in the electric FrogE

Even more exciting is the weight distribution. Above you can see perfect 50/50 weight distribution for the electric car, even better than the gas car below. No wonder the FrogE handles so nicely.

Close to 50/50 weight distribution in a gas-powered Bugeye, 1/3 fuel load

Choose your weapon

We now have the motor installed in our second electric Bugeye. While working today on the new battery boxes, we couldn’t resist a face-off between 1275 petrol power and our AC electric wonder.

It may look like the batteries on the left are taller than the cast iron lump on the right, but you are looking at just the top two battery layers. Many more cells are concentrated beneath what you see, in front of the already low motor that lives about where the original smooth case would be parked (as shown below). Seventy percent of the batteries fill the frame in front of the motor. The rest live in the area formerly occupied by the fuel tank.

Below you can see the rear 30% of the batteries mocked-up out on a template of the fuel tank. This box will hang under the trunk and bolt to the original fuel tank studs. It equals the mass and volume of the original tank full of fuel, so we can retain the correct weight balance.

This is an upside down template of Sprite fuel tank. The wires will pass through the filler neck hole in the trunk floor. You can see how these 14/50 batteries fit in the footprint of the tank.

I remain very enthused by the smoothness and power of the electric platform. The electric motor is bullet-proof and incredibly simple in comparison to the array of moving parts and pieces under the hood of the 1275 powered car.

Can I have a jump?

Most petrol-powered Bugeyes have a range of roughly 200 miles. I generally stop to re-fuel and stretch my legs every 150 miles on long gas-powered trips. Our FrogE’s range is shaping up to be closer to 125 miles (100 was originally expected). But Sprites are rarely used as long range cruisers, and more frequently driven around town for shorter stints.

Need some fuel?

I am most impressed by the smoothness of electric. It’s refreshing to drive a Sprite with no engine vibration at any speed. The 948 was never known for smoothness, especially if it is not balanced. The electric motor does what all electric motors do, it just hums.

I still can’t get used to the lack of oil leaks.

We are stocking-up on components so we can offer kits and more conversions in the near future. We’re working to perfect the electric option, and to offer electric alongside our gas powered options, for many years to come.

Pegged needles

Pegged needles are forever seductive. 

Highway cruising @72mph @ 6000 RPMs with a 5:38 rear end in our electric FrogE

When I first reported to driver simulator class in 1978, I ran into the room with glee, because this was a necessary step on the pathway to a driver’s license, and the freedom (and British cars) that came with it.

In the basement of the Archbishop Stepinac High School I ran to the first available seat in what looked like a well-anchored bumper car. This would be my first car, in a sense, even though it never moved. We were to simply follow along from these seats while a “Leave it to Beaver” era driver education movie played, with bouncing balls and doors opening when you least expected. We were to “drive” along with the film, and respond accordingly. Our cranky instructor may have seen this film a few too many times, but he did teach me about covering the brake, and about how much time that can save, so I thank him for that. But technology was so absent from this equipment that I would swear the entire modern video game industry was inspired by these prehistoric simulators.

We each had our own controls, but the period GM steering wheels freewheeled and the gas pedal didn’t seem connected to anything. However, if you floored it, which we all did upon sitting down, the horizontal speedo climbed all the way to the far side of the dial, about 120, and that felt really good, even though it made no difference at all when the Impala in the movie pulled out into your path, or the lumber fell off the truck you were following down Elm Street.

We are all hopelessly addicted to the top end.

And so I found myself on the highway this week in our Frog-E electric, which we have re-geared for max acceleration. The higher gearing means higher RPMs, which is good with our particular electric motor, which can run up to 10,000 RPMs. I’ve driven more than 250 different Bugeyes. This was the first one I have held at red line for my entire journey. It was smooth and effortless. And also a whole lot of fun.

My modern-day driver simulator, with a 100-mile range.

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