VW EV Conversion – Save Cost with Your Own Electric Beetle

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VW EV Conversion – Save Cost with Your Own Electric Beetle

Homemade VW Beetle Bug Electric Car

Why would anyone want an [tag-tec]electric VW Beetle Bug[/tag-tec]? To save money of course. Electric vehicle (EV) has been proven to be cheaper to run compared to a [tag-tec]gasoline driven car[/tag-tec]. It is also much cheaper to maintain.

A conventional car has many associated maintenance cost such as regular oil change, oil filter, air filter, fuel pumps, oil pump etc. With an electric car, there are no such expenses needed.

Currently, the main drawback of an electric car is the high cost. Without economy of scale, EV manufacturers are unable to bring the cost of a new electric car low enough for it is affordable to the masses.

I am sure in due time, the prices will come down but for the time being, we would have to wait.

Many car enthusiasts are opting to convert a gasoline driven car to run purely on electricity through a Do It Yourself (DIY) approach from their home.

One of the main candidate for donor car is the Volkswagen VW Beetle. A Beetle Bug is popular because of its low cost and easily available. If you can find a Bug with a busted engine, it is so much better.

The idea behind VW EV conversion is to remove the [tag-tec]internal combustion engine[/tag-tec] and replace it with an electric motor. Since the engine is jacked out, all the connecting components such as fuel lines, fuel pump, gas tank, radiator etc are redundant and to be removed as well.

The motor is to be bolted directly to the existing transmission unit. Lead acid batteries are used to supply power to the electric motor.

If you are not well versed with car maintenance, you can still enjoy the benefits of owning an electric VW Beetle. All you have to do is outsource the conversion work to a professional mechanic.

What you should do is get some basic information on homemade electric vehicle. At least you will know when you are being billed for unnecessary parts of work done on your car. Check out the VW Beetle electric car conversion guide review for more information.

By | 2012-08-18T07:58:22+08:00 April 3rd, 2009|VW Beetle|1 Comment

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  1. Ben January 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Thank you for the information. I have a 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle the original is toast, destroyed because the previous owner had run it without the fan belt, overheated the engine, and destroyed the threads in the cylinder heads for the spark plugs. I have the VW stored in a container to keep it out of the weather. Right now I am looking at the various methods others have used from batteries to electric motors. The VW has a stick shift automatic. It does have a clutch, pressure and a torque converter. I will keep you posted as to my progress, if you’re interested.

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