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ev59rag 08-20-2009 07:00 PM

Just wanted to share. EV - 71 Beetle
Hi guys.
Just wanted to share to all of you. My 71 Beetle EV project


Matt Herring 08-20-2009 07:18 PM

Cool vid...thanks for sharing! Do you have your build logged somewhere with details of how you did it? How long did it take you to do the conversion and what was the cost involved? What's the max range of your car under city or highway conditions?

Apologize for all the questions...curious about your cool car!

ev59rag 08-20-2009 07:47 PM

Thanks Matt,

In my signature, you can see my EVAlbum page that has most of the details you are looking for.

I have been collecting parts for almost a year. Assembled it in 4 days. Added small things like amp meter, relays for reverse, etc after that. Still working on the (dumb) charger I have to make it automatic. Bits and pieces here and there... but right now I can use it to do errands.

Cost was around 4k-5k including car and battery. Labor, I did all the labor and adaptor plate and coupler. Range is 16 miles on 50% DOD. I dont intend to go lower than that. Its the voltage sag I am worried about.

No highways for me since I can only do 40-45 mph on this one. Limitation on the controller/volts. 72 volt controller on 84 volts. And any slight uphill is taxing my speed and amps.

I intend to go higher voltage as soon as Paul is ready with his awesome controller.

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