I have had this thing for 6 years now, and it has been a riot. Its the kind of car that you can drive around at 5mph and still have fun (doing stupid stuff in a parking lot). I now want to convert it to an electric.
I am just above average with auto mechanics, I can remove and install anything that involves bolts and seals.
I am ignorant about fabrication, and I don't have any friends who are good at it.
I want to get at least 40 drivable miles out of my car at 45 mph with decent acceleration (I am a biker so I have a fear of things that cannot accelerate to get out of danger).
i can dump $1000 in to it now and $400 to $500 a month until it is done (no kids yet).
I like the Warp9 motor it seems to be a crowd favorite, and a 500 amp Curtis controller.
How Should I start? What parts would be good for my car? Does anyone know where I can get an adapter plate for the VW Transission or should I try and have one made? With my funds what type of battery should I use?
I think your range and speed goals are easily attainable with the components you listed. Search through the garage section here and on the evalbum.com . Look at other VW's. There have been hundreds of them converted to EV's. Read through the wiki on this site. It's a good general idea of what you need and how to do it. Check out detailed websites of already existing conversions like kiwiEV or mine. There's plenty of info.. just take a few hours to read it all.
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