Plug Bug: Step 1, Research

Electric Bug

I’m now learning as much as I can about electric cars and how to convert my bug. I’m going to document my process so others can benefit from the research that I do.

So far, the best site for information is:

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I’ve been learning a ton, and did an initial post on the forums introducing myself. The first step is for me to brush up on electricity. I’ve been re-reading my physics book, but their basic 101 is a great intro: http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6535.

I’ve also been collecting some websites and conversions that I find interesting.

1. The “Elec Bug” by Travis Tyler is a great conversion. EV Gearbox Magazine did a great writeup and interview with Travis. I emailed him and he is a great guy, and I’m sure I’ll be asking him a lot of questions.

2. The “Green Scene” ’75 electric bug. This site also has a lot of great info. They went with lead acid batteries; I’m going to stick with LithIon to get better range.

3. The “Volts – Wagen” – by Roy Mann.

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So far what have I done to my bug? Not much, but something: I removed the gas tank. I’m almost 90% done with my upstairs railing, which I really want to complete before jumping into the bug.

Update: April 29, 2010

Some more projects that I like (mostly AC systems):

* Electrovolvo by Martijn Hendricks in the Netherlands (photo by him). He is using MES DEA motor, which I’m currently considering.


* “LivWise” 2009 Toyota Yaris by Stephen Taylor. Using an Azure Dynamics AC24 motor.

* 2001 Suzuki Swift “SwiftE” — this thing has nice range and uses an HPEVS AC50, which I’m potentially thinking about using. It’s comparable to the AC24 used above. Also see his build thread.

* 2009 Mini Cooper Clubman “MINI-ME” Uses an MES DEA 200-250 30kw continuous motor, which I’m also considering using (it is powerful!)  Also see them build it on evtv.me. This build looks totally sweet! But, they are really spending a fortune on it ($30-35k for the conversion, yikes!)

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Thanks for the link back Corbin :) Glad you liked the article.

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Dave — YES! It was a great article, and I learned a lot from it. It will help be the basis for my research and my project.

Scott
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Corbin, we just did that in physics last week!

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Dude, can you set your outside links on this page to open in a new tab? Or can I?

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