Wilderness Electric Vehicles

Have you wanted an electric car but can’t afford something new? Do you have an old small car sitting in your garage gathering dust? Do you enjoy “do it yourself” projects? You can put all three of those together and do your own conversion to electric car runabout. It’s a nice option for an old small car that’s a “beer bottle girl with champagne tastes” i.e. and old car that will only run on premium unleaded gasoline if it will run on unleaded anything but which is still in nice and usable condition.

The Wilderness Electric Vehicles Kit #3 installed in a seventies Volkswagen Beetle. (Picture courtesy barnfinds.com).

The Wilderness Electric Vehicles Kit #3 installed in a seventies Volkswagen Beetle. (Picture courtesy barnfinds.com).

An electric car makes an ideal vehicle for someone who does a lot of short trips and does not need to get up past about 40mph/60km/hr. If a gasoline car is used like that the engine is going to suffer, the starter motor is going to wear out pretty often and the car battery will need frequent re-charging. Remember that a gasoline car needs about fifteen minutes running time to re-charge the battery after starting.

A Wilderness Electric conversion kit. (Picture courtesy Wilderness Electric Vehicles e-volks.com).

A Wilderness Electric conversion kit. (Picture courtesy Wilderness Electric Vehicles e-volks.com).

The actual conversion involves removing the original engine and using an adapter plate bolting in an electric motor, then doing the wiring. It’s not quite as straightforward as changing the spark plugs but it isn’t greatly more difficult than replacing a clutch for example.

The gasoline tank filler is replaced with an electrical socket for recharging. (Picture courtesy barnfinds.com).

The gasoline tank filler is replaced with an electrical socket for recharging. (Picture courtesy barnfinds.com).

The best candidates for conversions such as this are old Volkswagen Beetles, Fiat “Bambina” and Citro├źn 2CV but likely there are quite a number of other possibilities. There are a couple of completed conversions up for sale at the moment.

For a Volkswagen Beetle convertible for sale via Barnfinds.com click here.

For a Volkswagen Beetle for sale on e-volks.com click here.

You’ll find the conversion kits and lots more information on the Wilderness Electric Vehicles web site if you click here.

This Volkswagen looks like a Volkswagen, but does not make that "lawnmower" engine noise of a Volkswagen. It's electric and silent. (Picture courtesy barnfinds.com).

This Volkswagen looks like a Volkswagen, but does not make that “lawnmower” engine noise of a Volkswagen. It’s electric and quiet. The license plate is quite apposite. (Picture courtesy barnfinds.com).

Wilderness Electric Vehicles have a nice video to show that Electric Volkswagen Beetles accelerate faster than gasoline ones – especially if they’re painted red – for as we all know red cars go faster.

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