Thanks for the well thought out replies.
Corbin I've been looking at your beetle and firstly - it's beautiful
But I'm sure a few people have told you that already. It's good to see the quality of installation that can be achieved.
Obviously there are some compromises and issues that have arisen which while they must have been annoying to you will help those who follow after you (like me).
It seems you've had issues with the drivetrain basically being hammered by the high torque? So I guess making sure you have a rebuilt gearbox, new CV joints, maybe an uprated clutch etc would be ideal before starting - making me think that a tired drivetrain would have issues... or just resign yourself to replacing 40yr old components operating outside their design tolerances as they fail with high frequency I suppose.
Did the bug end up being just on the borderline of being overweight with 2 people in the car? And did you upgrade to disc brakes all round - I haven't found that yet in your blog, though you seemed to be saying they were wearing faster than normal. Anything special in the way of brake discs and pads?
I'm totally unfamiliar with all the brand names of the electrical bits of kit you just mentioned them so I'll be looking those up.
Very impressed with the 100mile range and high top speed. And reassuring to know lowcrawler that you can get a reasonable range with a lot less lithium and weight too. I suppose by the time I actually get to the EV conversion bit (rather than the just restoration aspects I'll have to focus on first), that the batteries will be cheaper and lighter - been reading about graphene and how by 2014 we should be getting batteries with 3-10x the capacity... (www.clbattery.com
). So if I'm driving the same car in 10 years we'll probably be talking of 500mile ranges... good to know things will improve rather than knowing that the petrol prices are always going to go up making keeping the car less sensible... (it's been what's keeping me from committing to and starting work on the car).
Anyway - thanks for the post - Corbin - your blog has done more than anything to convince me it could be a longterm practical commuter - and will only get better with time as the technology progresses.