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I live in Somerville, MA and am looking to sell my recently converted Orange 1972 VW Super Beetle.

Here is the Craigslist posting I have:

This listing is for a 100% Electric 1972 VW Super Beetle (Orange in color).

Vehicle is in great condition! Some rust along most prone spots of the vehicle but other than that, it looks great!

Here are the vehicle performance specifications:
Top Speed: 60-70MPH
Range: ~30 miles on a full charge
Acceleration: 40MPH in ~12 sec (untested)

Here is a list of the important hardware installed in the vehicle:
16 X US Battery 2200XC 6V Lead Acid Batteries-96V total ($2,560 Value)
Curtis 1231C Controller ($1,500 Value)
Netgain Impulse 9 Electric Motor ($1,675 Value)
Zivan NG3 Smart Charger (on board) ($1,071 Value)

Other valuable items included:
1972 VW Super Beetle Car (Originally purchased for $2,200)
3 extra US Battery 2200XC 6V Lead Acid Batteries ($480 Value)
Miscellaneous- DC-DC Converter, Temperature Controllers, 40W Heating Pads, Heavy Duty Contacter, Potentiometer Box, switches, heavy gage wires etc. ($900 Value)

Emergency easy kill-switch located in a conveniently accessible location next to the driver. Steel frame enforced battery boxes. 400A fuses throughout batteries. Aluminum heatsink on Curtis Controller with cooling fan. Fans located over battery boxes.

Everything included is enough to either enjoy a basic electric vehicle or to get started with your own conversion! Quality parts and engineering for a great price!

Below are a couple links to short videos of the car working and in action. Enjoy!

Asking $5,000 (OBO) for everything!

Any prospective buyers are more than welcome to come by and test the vehicle! Just ask!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me!

Email: [email protected]
Cell: (617) 671-6366

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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Good question, Dan!

First let me give some background.

Myself and 2 other undergraduate mechanical engineers built this car for our senior design project. Our engineering was focused on the drive train (adapter plate & coupler). Adapter plate was machined from 6061 Aluminum and the coupler was machined from 4340 Stainless Steel. From testing, I can assure that these pieces were aligned very well and balanced to near perfection. Rides beautifully!

Unfortunately, we had to invest a lot of our own money into this project (darn university funding) and we need that money back to pay for rent, bills, food etc.

As much as we would love to keep this vehicle and cruise around campus with it this Spring, we must let it go.

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