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Electric Kombi... Has it been done?

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by leightk, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. leightk

    leightk New Member

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    Anyone converted their kombi to an electric motor??? Just wondering how it'd go, or if it has been done :)

    *would you need a radiator?*
     
  2. Deluxe

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  3. jerrys_bus

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    yep there's a few still in the states as well
     
  4. leightk

    leightk New Member

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    Oh righteo... just wondering if people had done it as a conversion, like instead of putting a subi motor in for more power, putting an electric one in for the sake of being green.

    mm interesting :)
     
  5. jon ward

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    Need a bloody long extension lead if you asked me. And what would you do if there was a blackout?
     
  6. leightk

    leightk New Member

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    Well you have a solar panel embeded into the camper's pop-top, that's what my step dad does... not to power the car, but to power the fridge and what not.

    But my mate just told me I was an idiot and that solar power wouldn't deliver enough constant power. Not too knowledgeable here in regards to motors...

    oh well, it's a nice thought :)
     
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  8. The Dub Driver (Byronbug)

    The Dub Driver (Byronbug) Well-Known Member

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    There was a electric powered Beetle racing at the VW Warwick Weekend...
    Judy
     
  9. Deluxe

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    What was the warwick pk thing like?

    By the way - just out of curiosity I emailed about the cost of the elektro bus in belgium and the dude is looking for 9995 Euros which I think is almost exactly AU$20k...
     
  10. greenbay

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    Bbzzzzzaappbzzzzz
     
  11. jon ward

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    Or do you have to pull them back to wind up the electric motors like the matchbox cars? ;)
     
  12. Deluxe

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    couldnt agree with you more :)
     
  13. The Dub Driver (Byronbug)

    The Dub Driver (Byronbug) Well-Known Member

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    @ info on the electric Beetle at VW Warwick Weekend...check it out with all the other entrants in the VWMA magazine.
    Craig has pics & info on all the cars entered
    Judy
     
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  15. OberonViking

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    I've been looking into the conversion of cars to EVs (Electric Vehicles). The add a net 2-300 kg (mostly in batteries) and replace the engine with an electric motor that runs at about 240V. The only downfall IMHO is the range is limited. I look at my DC and think about all the battery space under the seat and under the tray... and the tray itself could be a massive solar panel with adjusters to follow the sun whilst parked.

    check out this conversion, a little closer to home.
    http://www.kiwiev.com/

    heating would be a problem for me here - where we get a good snowfall at the end of November!
     
  16. Mike Kirsten from CBB Performance in Sydney did the electric conversion on the beetle that was at Warwick. I spoke to him and he did mention that he was going to be doing a conversion on a bay window bus. Would someone in Sydney like to see if it was done or not?? Mike did say he was looking forward to doing it as the Kombi had heaps more room for bigger batteries than a Beetle!!
     
  17. gsa2at

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    would need a stereo in the engine bay to play dak dak dak - ON A SUNNY DAY


    no seriously it would be great to have an after market hydrogen or electric engine so that we can keep our buses on the road

    the future will be here soon and it is not in the use of fossil fuels - scary but true
     
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  18. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    There is this one in the US... with a range of 64 kms, it would be useful as a daily driver, but maybe not so handy for bush camping....

    http://www.evalbum.com/159
     
  19. vwkj87

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    Reviving an old thread, has anyone done this?
     
  20. grumble

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    Mike at CCB had one when I was there a couple of years ago.
     

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