First post, so please forgive any ignorant questions & please feel free to point me to the right resources. My name is Rafael and I live in San Francisco, CA. The reason I ended up here is that due to Covid / quarantine, I was more or less forced to acquire a car (indefinite loaner from my parents, to be specific) but I still don't like having to use gas.
So, I wanted to see if there were any ways to improve it / add at least some partial EV capability.
The vehicle is a manual transmission 2009 Pontiac Vibe (front wheel drive), which I often take only to and from the office (~50 miles), but occasionally also drive on longer road trips.
I've spoken to the guys at Flux Hybrids
, their technology seemed to be a great solution - if it existed for manual transmissions. They were willing to work with me individually, but as a startup their roadmap is dictated by investors and it seems they are not sure whether they plan to make a version for manual transmissions (or front wheel, for that matter) at all.
Since the vehicle is front wheel, I was wondering what the feasibility of adding hub motors to the rear would be. Protean Drive's Pd16 looks promising, but I don't know if it's available (any experience?).
The solution does not need to work in tandem with the ICE (pure EV mode only would be great) so that may take out some of the integration / controller complexity, but I do wonder about power steering specifically. Are there workarounds for that sort of thing?
Anyway, that's probably enough to start with.
Cheers & keep well,