How-to Convert to Electric Series Part 1

First in a series of videos detailing how to convert your vehicle from gasoline to electric. Series features a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia and other conversions by …
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25 thoughts on “How-to Convert to Electric Series Part 1

  1. I’m amazed those lipos survived such a discharge, normally when a cell is
    that low you send it off for recycling. 

  2. Excellent video. I had a 1968 Bug, and a 1972 Superbeetle and rebuilt both
    1600cc engines in each myself, and increasing the stroke and piston size to
    make it a 2110cc in my 1968. One of the weakness in the Beetle is it’s
    transaxle, I blew the spyder gears in my differential, did you upgrade
    yours?

  3. I think there is a reason we do not see this in use. I would encourage you
    to do further studying on the topic. Appreciate you watching and commenting.

  4. Depending on weight and if you prefer A/C or D/C. Less than 3,000 lbs.
    NetGain WarP 9 or HPEVS AC-50 More than 3,000 lbs. NetGain WarP 11 or HPEVS
    AC-75

  5. Not a problem. But a more efficient method would be to drive an inverter
    from the battery pack to provide power for the home. Using the battery pack
    to turn an electric motor which then turns your generator would not be the
    preferred method. Thank for watching.

  6. Regenerative braking does have value. Return on investment with a solar
    panel on the roof of the vehicle just does not pencil out.

  7. Thanks for watching, if you check out our video, “The EV Answer Man,
    Episode 8” it will answer your questions.

  8. Range is determined by the vehicle you choose and the size of your battery
    pack. In the case of the Karmann Ghia which weighs 2200 lbs. and has a 14.6
    kWh pack, the range is 60 miles.

  9. I take it the warp 9 is not a brushless type,would a custom made brushless
    be more powerfull and or usefull for added breaking power,

  10. The batteries and motor weigh about the same as the original engine and in
    virtually stock location so handling isn’t compromised. Good thinking guys.
    🙂

  11. 36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A great book to start your conversion with, July 27, 2011
    By 
    T. C. Catellier “TimCat” (Arizona) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: The Electric Vehicle Conversion Handbook HP1568 (Paperback)
    Converting a car to electric drive is no small task. It is by no means impossible, but if you’re going to do it, you need to be well armed with the right information to help keep mistakes to a minimum, keep costs low and assure success. This book has a very methodical approach to conversions that I think most would find very useful.

    It begins by explaining what electric cars are along with the advantages and disadvantages they offer. The author doesn’t pull any punches, explaining their shortcomings but is clearly enthusiastic about their benefits. From there he moves into helping you determine if an EV is right for you, posing multiple questions and offering different scenarios to help you come to a good decision.

    After that, he moves into explaining how one would select a chassis, or car to convert. It might sound like a simple task, but there is a lot to think about here and he’s done a nice job addressing the different factors that need to be considered.

    Next he moves into discussing each of the different components and the theory behind them. I found this particularly useful and the real strength of the book. We all know you need an electric motor to drive an electric car, but how do you choose which one to buy. The same holds true with the other components: the controller, the charger and of course the batteries. What the author has done is to talk about the theory behind each component, why they’re necessary, how they work, and the various categories of each (for instance, lead acid batteries vs. lithium). It leaves you with an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each so you are in a better place to make an informed decision about your conversion.

    Lastly, he presents 9 different projects from different builders. They include a wide variety of vehicles, including a bicycle, a motor cycle, a truck, a van and even a couple sports cars. More than anything, these serve as an example of what can be accomplished with careful planning and execution.

    The book doesn’t offer a step by step guide for converting a car. That would be impossible considering the number of different cars there are to choose from and the multitude of components that are available. Instead, it aims to teach you how to make informed decisions about all of the various aspects involved through the entire process of the conversion. All in all I think it is a very useful book to anyone considering their own conversion.

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  12. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Book, April 12, 2012
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    This review is from: The Electric Vehicle Conversion Handbook HP1568 (Paperback)
    I have read a few books for the conversion of an ICE vehicle into an EV, and this book is great! It explains everything you will need to know about the history, process and what the components do. I know that there are others out there that do the same thing, but this book has done it in a manner that anyone will understand. It is very comprehensive and the photos show exactly what is being discussed.

    When you are done reading this book you will be very prepared for each step in the conversion process. It lays out a good plan of attack for doing the job. I plan on doing a conversion this summer and will use this book as the basis of my build. I have other ‘conversion’ books that are good, and will reference them also. But the one I will turn to first is this one.

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  13. 10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    The Nuts and Volts of Electric Cars, April 11, 2012
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    Mr.E (Brugge,Belgium) –

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    I wanted a better understanding of how electric cars work and this book delivered 100%. Starts with an overview of all the sub-systems in an electric car then drills down into the hard theory behind what makes it all work. It looked good on the Kindle, no obvious formatting problems, so the editor did their job (high five). The book also dips into the non-technical areas of electric car ownership, reducing dependence on foreign oil, environmental costs, reduced cost of ownership etc. which helped break things up a bit from the straight technical content.

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