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Planning 2004 New Beetle Conversion

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I live down here in New Orleans. My Daisy is a 2004 New Beatle. I am her second owner, and her first owner is Chaya owner of Bywater Bakery. Sometimes parts fall off of Daisy, LOL, but she drives soooooo good. Never gives me trouble starting. No trouble with this girl. I want to ride her into the apocalypse.

You see: my homeland is rapidly disappearing and turning to wetland. Soon, me and Daisy and my husband and the dogs are going to have to get out of here. The land is literally turning to water.

I need a solar car. And, I need that car to be Daisy.

Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated by my entire family.

Your skill level with auto mechanics and fabrication

None, but I have a good mechanic who is skilled with Beatles. I have a lead on a good fabrication guy in "da Parish." And I am very good at learning things off of YouTube.

The range you are hoping to get (how many miles/charge)

100 miles???

What level of performance you are hoping to get

top speed of 70 mph, seats four, and runs off of a 5 watt solar panel mounted in the back window. I got this from this website:

How much money you are willing to put into your project


What parts you've already considered, if any.

I just read about the solar air conditioner, so it might be better if I start with something small. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty. If it gets too complicated, I have support.

Thank you!
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The formatting of this post is a little.. botty.

and runs off of a 5 watt solar panel mounted in the back window.
Umm, I assure you it does not.

The battery pack is 10,000 Watt-hours. Even at 100% efficiency, that 5 watt solar panel would need to be in full sun for 2000 hours to recharge.

You get somewhere around 5 hours of peak sun per day in the US.

So, it would take 400 days to charge those batteries once.

So, less than once a year you could take it out for maybe 25 miles.

Except that 5 watts for 5 hours a day isn't even enough to hold those batteries at their current state of charge.

That is not in any way a solar car.

There is no such thing as a solar car, except for science experiments and extreme events with closed off roads.
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I did describe the author of the article which you linked (Gabrielle Taylor) as an "ignorant idiot"


Talor = Gabrielle Taylor
I did consider the possibility that the WonderHowTo author and the DIYElectricCar poster were the same person
I'm just teasing you with paranoia, hence the dramatic gopher.

I note that in the extensive terms of use of the WonderHowTo site, there is a long list of restrictions on posts, which doesn't include any requirement that the content be factual:
It's just a content mill. The author was probably paid $1-3 for the "article". It's not journalism and there's no readership. They don't care about the content, just that they have content. They build a mass of content that no one reads to increase their search rankings.
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