VW Type 3 squareback conversion ?

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85turbo
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VW Type 3 squareback conversion ?

Post by 85turbo » Sat, 05 Oct 2013, 19:46

Hello all.

i joined up a few years ago, with the intent of converting a car to an EV...
well life and other stuff got in the way, so the project never went anywhere....

now im finally in a better position (both financially and health wise) that i am again thinking about a conversion....

here's what i had in mind for goals.

VW Type 3 squareback donor car.
DC drive system for cost and simplicity reasons.

here's what i would like from speed and range.
100km minimum range to 80% DOD.

speeds of 70-80 kmh in day to day driving, but would like top speed to be at least 100km/h (at the expense of range i know)

my work commute is around 35km round trip, but i wont be able to charge at work, and i do occasionally drive longer than the work commute, though not often.

lithium traction pack too( 144v ?)

i have an initial budget of $7000 to get a project rolling.
i can put in about $1000 per month for ongoing project costs.

halfway decent type 3 wagons seem to be going for about $4000 on ebay.
there is a really nice fastback on ebay right now, but the fastback doesn't have enough space inside to allow carrying bicycles....

so the squareback is the one i would like to convert.
the intent would be to remove the rear seat, and build in a big battery box, and still have a flat floor for cargo. and put more batteries up front where the fuel tank used to live.

my other main problem is i would have to have help in the build, as i am no mechanic.... and i would have to find somewhere to store a build in progress, as i live in a rented unit with only one car garage space.

can anyone here point me in the right direction ?
im in sydney, so would love to talk to others that have gone down the ev conversion process.


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VW Type 3 squareback conversion ?

Post by woody » Tue, 08 Oct 2013, 20:38

Have you seen seligtype3's type 3 in progress?
Planned EV: '63 Cortina using AC and LiFePO4 Battery Pack

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VW Type 3 squareback conversion ?

Post by 85turbo » Wed, 09 Oct 2013, 01:03

yeah, i did see that one :)

and a few others on EV album too.

im thinking that with my current situation, even though i really would like to build, i think i will have to keep saving any but a mass market EV.

i just don't have the room or skill set for a build...

if i was living in a house with a double garage or had a big shed, i would probably have bought a donor VW already :)

Jason.

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