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Hello I'm new,

(Am I also STUPID) I currently Own a 2013 Toyota RAV4 EV (aka. Tesla & Toyota went to bed together and put a Tesla Drive Train in this thing!!!!)

Here is my hairbrain scheme, I mean well thought out plan!

I have a 2007 Chevy Uplander that is off the road because the engine overheats and won't get out of it's own way, BUT RUNS!

It has currently a 3.9 L LZ9 V6 Engine and a 4-speed 4T65-E automatic transmission. It is a Front wheel drive short body. It came configured as a 7 Passenger but I found out it had the floor pan from the Venture so i cut the holes to access the center row middle seat mounts and went to a junkyard and found a Venture center row middle seat and now it's a 8 passenger minivan!

I was thinking if I take out the exhaust system and the fuel tank I feel the undercarriage should be big enough for a Tesla P100 Battery Pack. This van has a nice high riding height so ground clearance shouldn't be an issue.

My main concern, is this car's electronics to NEW, the transmission is a computer controlled transmisson and I don't know if Electric Conversions can make a computer controlled trans work or if I need to swap the trans for something NON-computer controlled. or is there a motor out there not to expensive that will connect to the front drive shafts like the Tesla Motor does via it's gearbox on the front of my Rav4 EV.

Will any of the other Computers in a 2007 Chevy get in the way! This I believe is GMLAN2 bus electronics if I remember correctly!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_transmission
 

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I was thinking if I take out the exhaust system and the fuel tank I feel the undercarriage should be big enough for a Tesla P100 Battery Pack. This van has a nice high riding height so ground clearance shouldn't be an issue.
Great if you can do it, but the volume of the fuel tank is 76 L (2.7 cubic feet) and the muffler is likely less than 30 L (1 cu ft). The Tesla Model S/X modules are 16 L (0.55 cu ft) each, and a P100 pack has 16 of them for a total of 256 L (9 cu ft). If you can find reasonable places to put the modules, they're likely to hang way down below all of the underfloor parts and structure that will be in the way, because they're much larger than the parts that are being taken out.
 

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It has currently a 3.9 L LZ9 V6 Engine and a 4-speed 4T65-E automatic transmission.
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My main concern, is this car's electronics to NEW, the transmission is a computer controlled transmisson and I don't know if Electric Conversions can make a computer controlled trans work or if I need to swap the trans for something NON-computer controlled. or is there a motor out there not to expensive that will connect to the front drive shafts like the Tesla Motor does via it's gearbox on the front of my Rav4 EV.
If you're using a low-voltage motor and need a multi-speed transmission, I can see the problem; an automatic is unlikely to be worth the substantial effort to adapt. Unfortunately a manual transmission wouldn't be an easy fix, because the Uplander isn't designed to accommodate a shifter or a clutch pedal.

If the plan is to salvage an EV motor (such as a Tesla, Leaf, etc.), then the obvious solution is to use the transaxle that comes with the motor.
 

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At this point I was just thinking the footprint of the undercarriage is big (long & wide) that I felt the actual pack itself would fit under there. I know the components I listed as going to be removed is much smaller then the pack but there is a good deal of enpty room under there besides the tank & exhaust. no, I haven't measured anything. This is just my hopes and dreams! At least till there is a FULL EV Minivan, I like the Pacfica and have rode in a ICE version and know they have a Hybrid but that's not FULL EV!

Honestly, by the time I put tools to the project there probably would be a FULL EV Minivan, LOL!
 
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