Just about any motor from a production EV will fit in the space of a Beetle engine. The bigger challenges areI'm interested if anyone has salvaged an motor from a Leaf or Volt/Bolt that works well in their Beetle conversion. I'm intrigued by the possibility....as long as the motor fits in the rear compartment?
- mounting the motor to the VW transaxle and mating the motor to the transmission input shaft (if that's the way you're going), or
- making a whole salvaged drive unit (motor plus transaxle) fit (if that's the way you're going).
A Volt (plug-in hybrid) and a Bolt (EV) shouldn't be grouped together. While both are branded Chevrolet there's little other connection. A Bolt has a substantial electric motor which might be suitable (although the housing is probably not workable), but a Volt has a sophisticated two-motor multi-mode power-split hybrid transmission system.