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Newbie: SF Bay Area, 1974 VW Thing

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Hello, just created my account today.

my SO is anti-ICE cars generally, and especially hates my Thing (exhaust smell, mediocre fuel efficiency). So for the planet and marital harmony, I either have to sell it, or do an EV conversion.

Using the extra time provided by the lockdown to start doing my research. I have some super-basic questions. Like why do I even need the gearbox anymore, given that electric motors provide full torque at 0 RPM? Also, why do I need mechanical brakes, if my EV system has regenerative braking? Probably there are specific threads around these topics where these questions would be better posted (I just haven't poked around this Wiki enough to find them yet) so I'm not necessarily expecting an answer here.