1994 US Electricar Geo Prizm electric car
Price: - Item location: Halethorpe, Maryland, United States
- Make: Geo
- Model: Prizm
- Type: Coupe
- Year: 1994
- Mileage: 19430
- VIN: 1y1sk5365rz088533
- Color: White
- Engine size: 50kw Vector Controlled Electric, 300v
- Number of cylinders: 0
- Power options: Air Conditioning
- Fuel: Electric
- Transmission: Electric
- Drive type: Electric
- Interior color: Blue
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1994 Geo PrizmUp for auction is my 1994 US Electricar Geo Prizm. These cars had an interesting story: The were factory built by GM in the early 90's before the EV1, and were equipped with both a GM/Hughes drivetrain and the fabled Magnecharger charging system. Unlike the EV1, a limited number were sold to power companies (this one came from Georgia Power) and thus were not crushed.
The electric system of the car is fully workable, and the controller is good (I used to fix these and still keep a working 94 S10 electric truck here). The car has electric AC, power steering, power brakes, and heat from a 2kw heating system. It's an AC induction motor, 50kw controller running at a factory pack voltage of 300v which can easily handle up to 400 volts at 200 amps (80kw).
It can charge using either the charger built into the controller (1.0kw at 120v, 2.2kw at 208/240v) or can charge at 6.6kw using a Magnecharger paddle. Yes, it can charge from a J1772 power station if you buy an adapter, I have one for my truck and charge it publicly all the time.
There is a pretty good support list/group on Yahoogroups (search for US Electricar), and a number of these things are still out there driving on the road.
Note: The battery pack is dead, consisting of 50 Hawker Genesis 26ah batteries in two strings of 25.The car could take a Leaf or Tesla battery pack but you would have to fit the batteries into the tray and figure out how to connect them. You also get 1,000+ pounds of lead batteries that can be recycled for cash :-)
It is currently not drive-able because the pack is dead but with a new lead pack it should give 30 miles of range, and with a Leaf pack it would probably go further (I get 40 miles on my truck but it's a truck and the Leaf pack I installed was kind of run out). The car normally pulls about 60 amps at 300 volts from the pack at 60mph. So you would either need to bring a trailer or contract with a company that can roll it onto a flatbed or something.
Buyer assumes all risk when working with the high voltage systems in this car.
If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line. It's an interesting bit of history,