There is section of the DC Auto Show, called the Green Car Pavilion, that is intended to highlight alternative fuel vehicles. Before the show officially opens tomorrow, we managed to take a walk around the GCP and saw an interesting collection of vehicles parked there. One was the bright yellow ride that you see here: a 1985 Pontiac Fiero (well, so said the info sheet taped to the car, EV Album says it's a 1986, see more details after the jump). A long time ago, certainly before the recent uptick in home electric car conversions, its gasoline guts were ripped out - professionally, of course, by Solar Electric Engineering of Santa Rosa, California - and replaced with 18 6-volt Trojan R-125 lead acid batteries and a series wound GE motor. With the conversion came a name change: from Fiero to Destiny 2000.
Today, the Destiny 2000 can go 50 miles on a charge, has a top speed of 75 mph and a 0-60 time of 11.2 seconds. There was no one around to learn a bit more about the car, so in lieu of actual information, let's imagine the fun one could have in a Fiero EV.
Related GalleryDC Auto Show: Destiny 2000, the Solar Fiero
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FROM EV Album:
Vehicle 1986 Pontiac Fiero
Solar Electric Engineering Destiny 2000
Motor General Electric Series Wound DC 9"
Drivetrain 5 speed manual transmission with clutch
Controller Curtis 1221C
Batteries 18 Trojan T-125, 6.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, Flooded
System Voltage 108 Volts
Charger Solar Electric Engineering
custom and solar panels
Instrumentation a) Ammeter b) Percent Charge
Top Speed 75 MPH (120 KPH)
Range 50 Miles (80 Kilometers) rated
Seating Capacity 2 adults
Curb Weight 3,200 Pounds (1,454 Kilograms)
Tires Goodyear Invicta GLR
Conversion Time Professional Conversion
Our travel and lodging for this media event was provided by the Auto Alliance.