When I was first starting out considering building an electric car, the most obvious choice to me was to use a Chevy s10 light pickup truck. Everything I had read about electric conversions and available conversion kits all seemed to cater to a Chevy s10 without any issues or difficulty.
But I did not want to use a Chevy s10. So if you don’t want to convert a Chevy s10 into an electric car like I did not want to do, and if you are considering converting your current car or picking up another one to use for the conversion, here is a list of the most popular vehicles being used to convert below.
Here is what to look for in a car to convert into an electric vehicle:
The most easy conversions seem to be vehicles from the early 80s to early 2000s with a good body, frame, interior and high mileage. Vehicles with a manual transmissions and a 4-cyl. engine It is possible to use an automatic transmission, but it seems a lot more difficult to marry the motor with the transmission, and I have read that using an automatic transmission consumes more battery power than a manual transmission. With a manual transmission, all you have to do is leave it in 3rd gear and drive!
For all of these vehicles listed, a motor to transmission adapter kit is available and easy to find. If you do not want to use a vehicle listed here below, you will have to make your own adapter.
List of Vehicles that can easily be converted into an electric vehicle:
Chevy S10 pickups, Geo Metro, Dodge Colt, Shadow, Rampage, Daytona Ford Escort and Ranger, Porsche 914, Honda Civic, Mazda B2000 pickup, Datsun pickup, Plymouth Sundance, Pontiac Fiero, Suzuki Samurai, Sidekick, Toyota pickups, Volkswagen Beetle, Jeta, Golf, Rabit, Scirocco