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freebeard 09-06-2019 11:24 PM

Everything Old Is New Again

Every VW Beetle is now a candidate to be brought to the forefront of EV technology, with a VW-branded refit with e-Up! components 60kW motor, battery pack and fast charging system.

I'll be interested in how the conversion compares in cost to an Arcimoto FUV. I may have to change my plans.

I'd have to section or channel the body to keep these proportions.

redpoint5 09-06-2019 11:30 PM

More power than the stock motor, huh? Probably a bit heavier too. It seemed to me I could just about bench press that air cooled motor it was so light (comparatively).

freebeard 09-07-2019 12:36 AM

Compare to the Lexus motor I have now, 98lb and 68hp (I believe that's 50kW). That's less than the weight of the transmission, let alone the motor. The weight is gained back in the battery pack.

I watched it again. VW has partnered with eClassics, and the controller and charger occupy the space where the inside package shelf was. It's a heavily modified chassis and lightly modified body, not a bolt-in like EVWest does.

freebeard 09-09-2019 07:56 PM

I just watched an introduction to the ID.3. It's motor looks more like a Tesla than the eUp! motor.

It has a Passat interior on a Golf wheelbase, an instrument cluster that tilts with the steering wheel, and a Pause icon on the brake pedal and a Play icon on the gas (:)).

mannydantyla 09-19-2019 04:46 PM

I love it

freebeard 09-19-2019 07:37 PM

It opens up a world of possibilities.


The VIN is on the floorpan, so they will have to provide a new one. :thumbup: This comports with the new Federal law that allows 250 retro-bodied cars to be built without the crash testing and other Fed-regs.

cRiPpLe_rOoStEr 09-20-2019 12:06 AM

I'm not so excited about those classic car conversions to electric. Maybe if it could still have an on-board genset it would serve right OTOH.

Piotrsko 09-21-2019 06:37 AM

Vin is also on the left window defrost tab, engine compartment, front beam bracket under the tank, and 2 other "secret" places in the body. Probably easier to just redo the pan tags

freebeard 09-21-2019 05:02 PM


...left window defrost tab, engine compartment, front beam bracket under the tank, and 2 other "secret" places in the body
Since 1939? From a computer security perspective, you can't have 'secrets' you ship with every copy of the product.

Piotrsko 09-22-2019 12:38 PM

They aren't necessarily secret, just commonplace thieves are unaware they exist. For example, the engine block number used to be stamped with a vin related serial #, but you never see that anymore.

I'm not as proficient with pre - 12volt VW

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