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Old 06-09-2008, 12:11 PM
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Default VW Kit Cars Gone Electric

Since there are so many people considering a VW kit car based EV build, I thought I would start a thread.

Please post any manufacturers and other info/experiences you may have, this way we can all benefit.

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I will start with my hometown guys, the Wombat Car Company.

http://www.wombatcar.com/





Prices start at $5800 with currently a 4-8 week turnaround. Delivery is to the whole US. They welcome visitors to the factory with a bit of prior notice, and have a Wombat available for test drives.

I have been talking to the them about electric conversions, and here was the response:

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I have several customers currently doing e-bats. Depending on how you want to secure the batteries we can add bolt tabs to the subframe to make that easier.
Along with the fact that you can find a Electric Wombat that someone has already made linked from their site, this kit car gets a "EV friendly" rating. I will be heading over there in a few weeks and take a test drive & lots of pics. Will follow up with a review of the car.
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Default Re: VW Kit Cars Gone Electric

Im interested too. Didnt know why I was hanging on to my bug. Now I know. To electrify it. My project starts July 2nd. The day I return from vacation. Thanks to all of you for sharing your knowlege.
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:48 PM
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Default Re: VW Kit Cars Gone Electric

Take a look at http://e-volks.com/ ... they have several kits and pictures of them bolted onto bugs. Here are two of their 48v systems:





The 48v kit has a top speed of 40 mph and a range of 3 to 5 miles (seems low to me), while the 72v kit (that looks similar) and can reach a top speed of 55 mph (range not stated). The 72v kit is under $3,000.
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I think im going to build my system from scratch. I have been studing electricity and find it very interesting. I have looked at evolks stuff. I want to build a system that I can upgrade later by adding more volts when I determine how much lead my bug can carry. I think im going to build a system that could start at 72 volts, but may be capable of handleing up to maybe 96 volts or more. I am a lifetime motorhead, always been about horsepower and gas. Took 4 bucks a gallon to get me interested in EV's. Now im hooked. Thanks for all your input.
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:04 PM
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Mike, you should join me and be the first EVers ever to use a Navitas TSE 600-96 in a road going car... we could be controller-buddies!
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Default Re: VW Kit Cars Gone Electric

Next for USA kitters, is the venerable Sterling:

http://www.sterlingsportscars.com/



Prices start at $8975
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Any idea of the coefficient of drag and the frontal area of the Sterling?

Also any clue of how many batteries you could actually carry?

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Any idea of the coefficient of drag and the frontal area of the Sterling?

Also any clue of how many batteries you could actually carry?

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The frontal area appears minimal (likely less then an original mini), the drag is anyone's guess given that complicated shape - but I would think that it is very slippery.

And I would say about 18 Golf Cart batteries would fit:

http://www.evalbum.com/255

This guy is running a 144V/1200A with 8" motor Sterling setup. He is reporting a top speed over 75MPH and a range of 55 miles.
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Default Re: VW Kit Cars Gone Electric

Those are very pretty, but please make a note of which kits are actually still in production and where to get them.

I spent many a long night trying to find a kit I could actually BUY. I was hoping to help others avoid such frustration.

Of those, it appears only http://www.vintagespeedsters.com/ is currently in production starting at $13,900
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