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Loose the gas engine. Bolt a electric motor to the beetle transmission. Add some batteries. Put the VW's transmission into 2 gear. Conversion, was about 1,000 bucks 9 years ago.

 

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Beetles make great EV conversions since they're so dead simple in design. I actually saw a Pontiac Fiero EV conversion a couple weeks ago. She smoked me at the light, so I can only assume better performance than original. :D
 

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Given the Fiero's legacy of catching on fire, to get 'smoked' by one maybe doubly-undesirable.
Oh gosh, I'm dying laughing >:D

Reminds me of a joke I read earlier today:

Guy 1 - I will have you know my 80's jag has never broken down.
Guy 2 - It needs to run before it can break down.
 
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