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New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« on: October 27, 2020, 18:18:00 »
I've got a new project. Converting a 2003 Beetle to electric.

If anyones interested, it's going to have the Inverter from a Gen 3 Prius, a motor from a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV coupled to the existing gearbox. Battery pack will either be from a BMW hybrid or a crashed Leaf ~400v.

I may need help from a friendly forum member with a lathe to turn down the motor shaft coupler once I've welded them together.

If anyone needs any parts related to the engine or fuel systems they'll be available soon.
 

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 18:20:19 »
WOW.

If I can be of any assistance please give me a shout. :thumb:
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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 18:21:37 »
I think we need a Jack Sparrow corner.  lol
Can't wait to get my hands on a pair of budgie smugglers from OZ.........

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 18:29:41 »
 :eusa-doh:

Now this could be good to read.

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2020, 18:38:49 »
Will it need SVA?

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 19:02:23 »
Will it have a beak?
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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2020, 19:04:23 »
I don't think it will need a SVA. Chassis will remain untouched and drive shafts and gearbox also will remain untouched.

I've already got the motor spinning with the prius inverter.

Having watched a load of YouTube I think I have at least a 60% chance of not getting killed.

TLP I think I might need your largest hammer :D

If anyone works at a scrap yard and can source battery packs reasonably priced, I'm all ears.


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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2020, 19:18:26 »
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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2020, 20:37:34 »
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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2020, 21:16:34 »
Bigpie:  You need to see 2 doctors!!!   lol lol. I’m sure Holmsey will verify, you need 2 doctors to certify you mentally unstable, or at least you used to!!  🤣🤣🤣🤣. 

Oh and I’d also check up on your life insurance!  🤣🤣🤣. 
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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2020, 21:36:21 »
Talking of life insurance. Turns out my life insurance isn't valid because I ride a motorcycle, and now I need to switch.

Lockdown has induced mania in many, I'm sure.

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2020, 21:40:40 »
I sincerely hope you mean switch insurance companies, not modes of transport.

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2020, 22:45:35 »
Of course. Their list of extreme activities seems rather tame too. I've ridden to the peak district to go climbing on occasions. Both extreme apparently  :crazy:
I've had worse injuries running.

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2020, 07:16:06 »
I've seen an old fridge and settee that would fit in quite nicely with your new garden ornaments.

I have an "acquaintance" in Goldthorpe who is more than happy to leave you similar items for FREE in the middle of the night, just say the word. :thumb:
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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2020, 15:32:45 »
Good luck with the project. It would be nice to see one of the original Beetles made electric.

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2020, 17:35:31 »
There's one on YouTube running a tesla motor, quite rapid.

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2020, 20:23:53 »
Wow that’s quick  :thumb:

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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2020, 20:26:19 »
Very quick .. :thumb:

I've seen a few episodes of his program on quest, they know their stuff ..  :thumb:
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Re: New Project - VW Beetle 2003 EV
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2020, 22:36:00 »
Stopped at lights behind a Tesla. When the lights changed and it took off I would never have thought a car could accelerate so fast. I think this will lead to acidents due to most drivers and riders being unaware just how fast these cars are. We pull into the traffic stream after a mental calculation based on experience How far away is an approaching vehicle x how fast is it going x will I be clear by the time it arrives at my location?  Most of us do not yet have these new acceleration possibilities built into out driving reflexes.  You know when you're behind a car at a junction and the driver seems to be waiting until such times as no other vehicle is visibly approaching and you're thinking " oh! come on, get a move on". Well we may all have to learn to drive like that.
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