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Old 05-02-2011, 08:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I did a conversion with an 85 Ford Ranger. Love it, use it everyday at work. But the problem is you have to make a lot of compromises. One very difficult compromise, how do you interface with the computer on new makes so you can gain control over all the electronics? Everything, everything now is electronically controlled. You cannot just yank the engine and replace it with an electric motor and go your merry way, as I did with the 85 Ford Ranger.

One company, and only one is tackling this conversion issue. AMP. They are taking GM products and have built a chip to interface, and will convert for you. But you have to provide a recent Equinox to do the conversion. And it ain't cheaper. Figure 60k -70k when all is said and done.

Can you find a way to bypass all of the electronics? Probably, but then you lose all the convenience features and more and more you lose many of the safety controls.

The final answer is that sadly, home grown conversion becomes less and less viable as the fleet grows more and more electronically controlled.



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Old 10-31-2012, 11:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope there will always be some private conversions. Around here the most common one is the VW Rabbit. I checked a couple years ago and it cost about $6K for the power system, you had to supply the vehicle and pay or innstall it yourself. A lead acid battery system pretty much used up the back seat area, got about 60 miles per charge, decent speed. No AC or heat. Good hobby conversion but not a full car replacement.
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