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Tremelune has good points, as always.

While electric 4WD systems are interesting, the extra complication of 4WD might not be a good match with a first project. 4WD conversions either use a single motor with the existing 4WD hardware (which is bulky and shouldn't be necessary with electric drive), or use separate front and rear motors which don't mix well with the beam axles in the rear of vehicles such as the Tacoma and 4Runner, and both ends of traditional 4X4's.

RVs (van conversion, overlanding style, or otherwise) are heavy, so they have their difficulties as EV conversions - it takes a lot of motor, and a lot of battery. And the range requirements of typical overlanding conflict with the range challenge of battery-electric vehicles.

Performance cars show up way down the list, but might be a better match.

How about a basic functional truck or SUV in 2WD? If you want something novel, one of those forward-control Japanese "kei" type minitrucks or vans (in 2WD) would be relatively easy to convert and due to the small size it wouldn't need a big (that is, expensive) motor or battery. It would certainly carry dogs (in crates if the truck style) and groceries. Unfortunately, unless you get one of the Chinese versions it would be right hand drive.
 
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