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MetroMPG 10-31-2014 05:20 PM

Video: Electric 1966 VW Beetle conversion (really nice)
Got 14 minutes?

Here's a thorough walkaround & on-road presentation of a professionally converted '66 Bug. Really impressive.

Better yet, got $45k? It's for sale...

  • Pack: 22 kilowatt-hour Lithium LiFePO4
  • Range: "80 mile freeway range (even more just around town)," says the builder, at 55-65 mph around San Diego
  • Speed: 80 mph "we’ve had it up to 100 mph"
  • Pack life: "160,000+ miles (12-15-plus years)"
  • Torque: 110 lb-ft peak
  • Weight: 1000 lbs less than a Leaf
  • Charge Port: J1772 (same as all production electric cars, compatible with public charging stations)
Source: The '66 ZelectricBug EV Is Ready -

Much more detailed specs are in the YouTube description.

Daox 10-31-2014 08:12 PM

That is one nicely converted car. Beautifully restored too.

MetroMPG 10-31-2014 09:02 PM

Yeah, and I found it interesting they made a point to say they didn't cut or weld anything on the car so it could be returned to original ICE POWER if desired.

freebeard 11-02-2014 02:02 AM

An award winning car, & worthy competition to the Tesla S.

This is what I want, with the following caveats:
  • I'm starting with a Baja'd hulk. It could look as nice as that Zelectric car but the restoration would cost about $40K. You notice they bought someone else's restoration (probably sold at their loss) and modded it.
  • Did you catch the part about they up-rated the sway bars and shocks? That's because they mounted the batteries way high in the car, in both front and back.
  • The stock speedo, the steering wheel-mounted clock and the electrical guage don't match each other at all. But that's just being picky.

Their build quality, with the powder-coated plate metal, Allen-head bolts and clean electrical wiring is the standard by which I will judge my own work. But I want to get past the hanging a big-a** motor on the stock transaxle. I already have the Lexus MGR. And since I can't afford the full restoration, I can add a boattail with WWI three-color polygon camouflage. :thumbup:

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