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We re Building an Electric Car!

I m an electric car.

I m a regular I have no experience as a mechanic, I don t a lot of time and I don t have a lot of money. So, why am I this?

It s on my list.

Everyone has a You know the one. It s everything you to do if only you had the time. Climb a see the pyramids, start your own form a rock band.

I ve had an EV on my list for some time but like other items on The it always has been just out of Budget, time and relatively mechanical skill are all decent for putting it off. Budget is a big one, but I digress.

So why am I converting a 67 Beetle to run on batteries?

Saving money and energy are reasons. But my biggest is curiosity. On I could enjoy substantial avoiding the gas pump using that has been around as as there have been But are those paper savings

And can an average Joe like me pull off on a shoestring budget?

If I can do it, anyone

I have no significant experience on cars. But in the past two weeks, I ve met who do. Brian Berrett owns EV. a conversion kit supplier in Payson, not far from where I live.

He me the candid truth about a like this.

There is a canyon between can and did, and people stay in can, he

So I m going to do it, knowing that if I don t try life will simply to pass me by while yet another on my list remains unchecked.

The first step in was a visit to and Ralph Finlinson. Finlinson is an EV and dealer of sorts. They t partners, but Finlinson uses s kits for his own Bug conversions and Berrett customers his way.

They ve on a few projects, including their project, SK-1. It s an electric they claim will 70 percent of the performance of the Tesla at 25 percent the cost.

Finlinson is one of salt-of-the-earth types with a at least as big as he is. He ll tell you exactly how it is and you to challenge him so he can prove you wrong. He is a to be around. He was so eager to get me in an EV the yellow Bug in the when I arrived that I t have time for a proper

The second I stepped out of the car, he was me on an electric trike with a wheel hub motor.

Finlinson s been working on for 40 years, mostly restoring Berrett is an engineer who worked at JPL and before starting his conversion kit a few years back. True in the KISS principal Keep it stupid. they re the type of who would be willing to use a little tape (expertly wielded, of to get a conversion heading down the while everyone else about whether to fabricate the from aluminum or carbon

I was excited about driving an EV. It was my time in one. The Bug that put me in (pictured) was a bare-bones conversion a 72-volt battery pack up of six 12 volt batteries and a 40 horsepower

I was impressed by the car s responsiveness at neighborhood and how extremely quiet it was. the manual transmission without a took a little getting to, but was really quite easy. internal combustion engines, motors are more efficient at RPMs and have a relatively torque curve.

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Cruising around the neighborhood, I had to shift out of second gear, so the car be driven like an automatic. Set it and it. It topped out at around 45 mph and it took a to get there, but then the Bug never was fast to begin with.

It be fine for my needs, and a conversion this can be done for less $5,000.

Old-school Bugs about a ton, which isn t for a car. The light weight, of power steering and brakes and availability of parts make a great choice for conversions. And I barely know a spark from a glow plug, the simplicity of the Bug works in my favor.

has more than 20 Bugs around in various states of I ve got my eye on a sky blue 67 the previous owner restored before having an fire. The body is in great it is mechanically sound and the tires are

It s ideal for a conversion, and Finlinson he ll give me a good deal on it.

I ve got a on a motor and some batteries. At point my biggest concern is how I ll have to spend for a car that my needs. I don t need much, a car for daily commuting.

I will at least 20 miles of range and I ll to be able to cruise at 55 mph. You can go but you need more batteries and a motor. In other words, you more money.

Did I forget to my budget? I hate breaking

Got any advice, suggestions or ideas for Share em with us! And follow his on Twitter @ Wired_EV and here at

That 40 horsepower electric is every bit as quiet as the Bug s engine was It s simpler, too.

Six lead-acid provide the juice. I m gonna a pile of these for my project. Any

All the car needs is one of those silly By Honda decals you see on lowered with bad body kits.

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