Get the stick advice, except it's my wife's car and she can't drive a stick. So....Food for thought:
I’d vote to keep the stick, just to have something to occasionally do, plus the clutch is a reliable driveline disconnect.SELLING: 2001 VW Jetta EV Conversion - $3500 obo Vehicle equipment/Specifications/Features: · 2001 Mark IV Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition · VIN: 3VWSD69M71M195838 · Odometer: 175401 miles · EV conversion at: 91775 miles · Motor: NetGain...www.diyelectriccar.com
With a car this light almost any electric motor will make it fly. If you can make them fit, Tesla S modules are a great battery.