10 Reasons Why VW Volkswagen Beetle Is A Great Electric Donor Car

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10 Reasons Why VW Volkswagen Beetle Is A Great Electric Donor Car

1) Inexpensive.

An old VW Beetle Bug is generally inexpensive. You can find it everywhere. You can find one at a used car dealership, motor trading sites, government auction sites etc.

If you are lucky enough to find an old Beetle with a busted engine, better still. You can ask the seller for a lower price since you have to spend money to repair the engine. But he does not know you are planning to get rid of it!

2) Simplicity.

Generally, a [tag-tec]Bug design[/tag-tec] is very simple. No complicated electronic components or circuitry to mess with.

3) Rear wheel drive.

If you are looking for an electric donor car, preferably, find one that has a rear wheel drive. Most old VW Beetles are back wheel drive.

4) Ample storage space in front.

This is one of the reasons why I think a Bug is good for EV conversion. It has a large storage space available in front of the car.

If you were to take out the spare tire, you have enough space to store at least 10 units of deep cycle batteries.

5) Ample storage inside the car.

There’s more storage space behind the driver’s seat. Add in more batteries to extend your [tag-tec]electric car[/tag-tec] drive mileage.

6) Readymade electric car conversion kit.

Since a VW Beetle is such a common electric donor car, you can easily find the EV conversion kit for a Bug. This will save you a lot of time converting it to run on electricity.

The biggest advantage is the adapter plate. Since the metal adapter plate is already cut to fit a Beetle, all you have to do is line it up and bolt it on. Easy!

7) Light weight.

Generally, an old VW Bug weight less than 1800 lbs. This is good for an electric car. Less weight means less inertia therefore less power needed to propel the car. Less power required means longer battery life.

8) Easy to remove the engine.

Because of its great engineering, it is relatively easy to remove the internal combustion engine (ICE). All you have to do is open the engine cover, place a hoist over it, loosen a few bolts and it is out.

Some other cars might require a lot more time and effort. It is like pulling out a tooth!

9) Manual transmission.

If you are building an electric car via Do It Yourself (DIY) approach, you need to get a donor car that has a manual transmission. It is quite easy to find an old manual transmission VW Beetle. Saving you time and money.

10) Parts availability.

Since there are so many old Volkswagen Beetles around, sourcing for spare parts would not be a problem. Again, this boils down to cost.

There it is! 10 reasons why I think an old Volkswagen Beetle will be a great donor car for a DIY electric car conversion project.

If you have never converted a gasoline driven car to EV before, be sure to check out Les Oke’s Convert 2 EV e-book. The manual will show you the science behind an electric car conversion project. For more information, read the Convert 2 EV review on this web site.

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2) Samuel Watson Premium Electric Car Guide Review

By | 2012-08-16T16:07:27+08:00 August 21st, 2009|VW Beetle|7 Comments

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  1. judz August 31, 2009 at 1:03 am

    This is very good information. Me also, I have ot follw manual that describe in this blog. I found that it is greating!

  2. volkswagen beetle September 1, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing but I prefer Volkswagen Beetle Range Car. The Volkswagen has derived that shape again to their collection and has launched a car that is more of the bubble shaped and still looking quite unique and gorgeous, The Volkswagen Beetle Range Car.

    The car has got its own style and unique shape and apart from that exterior, there are lots of interior and mechanical features.

    With the stylish look there is also the option of five engines with the car.

    The options are the 75bhp 1.4-litre, the 102bhp 1.6-litre, that 2.0-litre 115bhp unit, the 150bhp 1.8-litre Turbo and even the richer option of 105bhp 1.9TDI diesel. If you are a stylish person, you’ll love this the car.

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  5. Marcus August 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Great article,

    Loved the way you showed some love for the old hippie beetle.

    I bought a Turbo Engine parts for $340 at Car Parks Los Angeles http://www.autopartsla.com

    As far as I know, they still have old parts for the old hippie beetle here in LA. Email me if you know any old beetle specialty shops here in CA.

  6. Mike Roberts September 24, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Although I know a VW old style bug is an easy conversion, (I have owned over 30 of them myself over the years), but I require a safer vehicle. I drive my 2000 New Beetle TDI with refined used vegetable oil. I would like to find a New Beetle with a bad engine, and convert it to an EV. Do you have any leads on anybody who had already done this? I have seen info on New Beetle EV’s but cannot get any further info.

    Can you help? Please advise.

  7. Joseph November 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    You need to find a company that will sell EV kits cheep! Lets be practical! The canadan company is selling a convershion kit @ almost $ 10,000 dollars and that does not include battaries. There must be a none profit company selling parts and kits of EV…
    10 K is way to much money!

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