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Old 09-06-2019, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

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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).
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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.
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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 ().
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It opens up a world of possibilities.

...because...

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

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