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Old 12-20-2019, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a good DIY electric convertion out there?
I am curious to know about the feasibility and costs.
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Old 12-20-2019, 11:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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100% feasible, between $5K and $20K usd depending on how well you acquire parts
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...and not worth the cost and/or effort, unless you have a favourite model you want to convert.
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...and not worth the cost and/or effort, unless you have a favourite model you want to convert.
Probably not, but sometimes you just gotta do it because it's there, or you CAN.
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If you're looking for instructions on how to do it, I would suggest Ben Nelson's youtube series. He used to sell this as an instructional DVD, but then moved it to youtube for free.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...XAVwpRRCqMv7Ny
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Is there a good DIY electric convertion out there?
I am curious to know about the feasibility and costs.
We're curious too. It looks like you posted regularly up 2013-02.

As suggested, conversion have gone from your only choice to a[n expensive] hobby. There are people who will take your money and make it happen, like EVTV or Zelectric. There are open source makers like Open Revolt.

As far as feasibility, I'd say start with a clean, well-lighted work space. You need a vehicle of course. If you need one, a choice like VW Beetle or Porsche 914/Pontiac Fiero can simplify the process.

The wonderful thing today is the wrecking yards are filling up with OEM components that were unobtainable a few short years ago.

It's hard to be more specific until you are.
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Picking a good chassis to start off with helps. I know for rangers there is a conversion plate that you can purchase through a few different machine shops that will allow you to bolt up a few different brands of electric motors to it. That could save you a lot of headache right there.

Old S-10's have a pretty good following around conversions too I hear.
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Salvage seems to be the most cost effective way to go. Either a salvage vehicle that needs frame cosmo work, or take the guts out of a vehicle and put them in a cooler chassis.

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