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Hello, I just joined this forum. I have on and off thought about building an electric vehicle. I have a 1998 Chevy S-10 pick up that needs an engine and I thought maybe I could use it as a donor vehicle. It’s a 2.2 4 cylinder with a 5 speed and 2wd. It does have the extra cab so I know it’s a heavier option. I don’t really have the money to build yet but I could start by removing the things it doesn’t need. It might get a rebuilt engine but as for now I think it’s a perfect candidate for a conversion. I do know that being a heavier vehicle I would need a larger motor and a good number of batteries. Ideally I would like to get a 60-70 mile range and at least 55mph but probably at this weight it would be a better local errand runner. Any advice and direction would be appreciated. Maybe a complete kit is out there and or lower cost options (forklift power). I am looking forward to any info I can find. Thank you. Brian
 

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Any advice and direction would be appreciated.
Hi Brian, take a look at the Siemens motor and open source controller used in the second electric incarnation of Damien's BMW 8 Series (here).

The Siemens motors were used in the Ford Transit conversions developed by Azure Dynamic ("AZD") and are often sold on eBay at low cost.

For batteries I'd suggest you take a look at the Nissan Leaf Modules and BMS. Wolf has reverse engineered the BMS and is using it in his truck (here).

Please add your location to your profile... this helps us give relevant advise :)
 

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Hello, I just joined this forum. I have on and off thought about building an electric vehicle. I have a 1998 Chevy S-10 pick up that needs an engine and I thought maybe I could use it as a donor vehicle. It’s a 2.2 4 cylinder with a 5 speed and 2wd. It does have the extra cab so I know it’s a heavier option. I don’t really have the money to build yet but I could start by removing the things it doesn’t need. It might get a rebuilt engine but as for now I think it’s a perfect candidate for a conversion. I do know that being a heavier vehicle I would need a larger motor and a good number of batteries. Ideally I would like to get a 60-70 mile range and at least 55mph but probably at this weight it would be a better local errand runner. Any advice and direction would be appreciated. Maybe a complete kit is out there and or lower cost options (forklift power). I am looking forward to any info I can find. Thank you. Brian
Hey Brian, if you are looking for a good way to do the tilt bed here, is some
pics.

http://ivanbennett.com/ev-sonoma.html

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I like the way the tilt bed works. As for putting my location in. I go to settings and there is not a tab to do anything like what you describe. Where it says “user cp” then my name. It doesn’t do anything. So I’m cool putting my locale in my posts until I figure it out. Thanks for your help. Ivan I will be watching your build because my truck is a white 1998 s-10 extra cab also. Brian
 
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