VW Beetle Electric Conversion – Prepping the Donor Car

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VW Beetle Electric Conversion – Prepping the Donor Car

Prepping VW Beetle Electric Donor Car

An old [tag-tec]Volkswagen VW Beetle[/tag-tec] is a great donor car if you are planning a Do It Yourself (DIY) electric vehicle conversion. It is inexpensive and has ample space to store the lead acid batteries.

To save cost, most people will get a busted VW Bug. If its faulty, you can always negotiate with the seller for a lower price.

When you get the donor car, there are a few prepping works that you have to do. The idea of an [tag-tec]electric car conversion[/tag-tec] is to remove the internal combustion engine (ICE) and replace it with a DC electric motor.

To propel the car forward, the motor will be connected directly to the existing transmission unit. When the engine is taken out, all its associated component such a exhaust pipe, fuel pumps, gas tank, radiator etc are removed as well.

Here is the dangerous part. When removing the gas tank and fuel lines, make sure you drain them dry.

Even with a damaged VW Beetle donor car, there might be some gasoline residue in the system. As you know, gasoline is highly flammable and you should put extra precaution when handling the component.

This is important because in the later part of the electric car retrofitting, you my have to do some welding work. Welding sparks and gasoline fume is not a good combination.

Using an electric VW Beetle can save you a lot of money. However, if you are not familiar with car components, it is better for you to outsource the conversion work to a professional mechanic.

To be prudent, you should know some basic information on electric vehicle. At least you will know you are being charged of unnecessary parts or work done on you car.

For information on homemade electric car, check out VW EV conversion guides review.

By | 2012-08-18T07:58:46+08:00 April 3rd, 2009|VW Beetle|3 Comments

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  1. […] of the most popular donor car for a homemade EV conversion project is an old Volkswagon VW Beetle. Old VW Bugs are generally inexpensive and can be obtained easily. To save cost, try to get a […]

  2. Ben January 21, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Thank you for the information I already have Les Oke’s book. The vehicle I will be eventually converting is a 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle Sedan Type 1. It has a stick shift automatic, with clutch and pressure plate and a torque converter. One of VW’s famous designs.
    Thank you for keeping updated on the Electric Vehicle’s.
    Take care of yourself

  3. James June 4, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I am a Hydrogen energy developer with previous VW Ghia EV conversion
    experience (1974 Ghia converted in 1985).
    I am preparing to bring my Hydrogen products to market with the hope my
    future conversions will be up to 2011 expectations.
    So almost 20yrs of new technology has made this my new project and I am
    anxious to get back on board.

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