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JeepEV Moves to Peoria


JeepEV on the trailer

« August 12, 2009 »


      Moving to Peoria, Illinois has overall been a great experience for me. However, one major component of my life has been consistently missing since I left Texas... my Electric Vehicle; JeepEV. Due to logistics, including the drastic cost associated with transporting a vehicle 1200+ miles, JeepEV remained with my family in Texas for the past 3 years. Unfortunately, the Jeep sat unused in my mom's garage for about the last year and a half due to battery issues (see below.)

      My mom continued to drive the Jeep as long as she could, but problems associated with the dying battery pack prevented her from driving EV as much as she wanted to. As of this writing the original Trojan T-875 batteries, now 6 years old, are still installed in the Jeep. The batteries are at the end of their useful life, suffering from sulfation, high internal resistance, and drastically lowered storage capacity.

      The batteries relatively short life span came as little surprise to myself and others involved with the JeepEV conversion process. We learned, mostly retrospectively to the conversion, that the Trojan 8-Volt flooded lead-acid batteries were a poor choice for the JeepEV due to its high-power demands. The hot Texas climate and our desire to drive the Jeep the full distance possible caused additional stress to the Trojan batteries, likely accelerating their demise.

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JeepEV's batteries are watered and reconditioned after sitting for some time.


      About a month ago a good friend and fellow Electric Vehicle owner/enthusiast, Ed Harris of Chicago Illinois, graciously offered to fund the transportation of my JeepEV to Peoria so that I could continue actively driving EV. My mom and I found a vehicle transporter and secured transportation for the Jeep. We were both surprised and excited when the transporters quickly found a driver who was willing to pick up the Jeep right away. We got the Jeep all ready for the long trip ahead, and the next day loaded the Jeep up on a truck and sent it on its way to Peoria.

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The Jeep is loaded on a transport trailer headed to Peoria!


      I arrived home in Peoria just 4 days after seeing the Jeep off from San Antonio... and it was there waiting for me! Actually, the transport driver arrived in Peoria within an hour of my return. Talk about good timing! We unloaded the Jeep and took care of the compensation. Before I knew it the transport driver was headed off to his next delivery and I had my Electric Vehicle back at my side.

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JeepEV arrives safely in Peoria.





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