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Old Sep 14th, 2020, 15:22   #1
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Would anyone be interested in my doing a topic about converting a 1964 Volvo Amazon conversion to Electric?
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There was a project thread on this a while ago. The poster hasn't been on for 3 years though.

https://www.volvoforums.org.uk/showthread.php?t=241477
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Welcome to this forum.

I'm personally not interested in any electric car (no SUs, or their wonderful sucking noises!), but everyone here, including myself, is interested in just about anything Volvo Amazon, so present away!

Cheers from Connecticut!
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Yes very interested, I was going to put an Tesla electric motor in my race car but the cost was so high I could have built 2 to 3 normal Turbo engines.
Cant wait to see how you get on, what power and distance are you looking for ?
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Yes very interested, I was going to put an Tesla electric motor in my race car but the cost was so high I could have built 2 to 3 normal Turbo engines.
Cant wait to see how you get on, what power and distance are you looking for ?
I personally am simply looking for something equivalent to my Renault Zoe. It is 89hp and does about 100 miles depending on season. In summer its more in winter its less.

On one of the EV forums lots of people seem to think because I am converting I should be slicing and dicing the car. Putting 200kg of batteries and 300hp motors. Losing the back seat etc. Or taking a smashed Nissan Leaf and putting it in the Amazon.

THAT IS NOT MY AIM!

I want to take an almost stock classic car. Restore her. Keep her as original as possible, but with an electric motor. The 1.8 engine was about 86hp, so the gearbox and running gear can stay. I hope to hide 3 battery cells in the back and 2 in the front. A 75hp(ish) motor on the gearbox. All the other electronics in the front. This should keep the corner weight similar to stock. Perhaps a little heavier.

I don't want to effectively take a pre existing car and put the Amazon body on it. Its lots of work and I might as well buy and drive a pre existing car. I want it to be different. A daily commuter. And simple.

Granted I will add mod cons. Maybe a LCD dash because the stock one will have lots of unused bits in the electric car. Also a stereo, Aux port, USB ports etc. Maybe proximity sensors, I dont know yet.
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That’s a lot of work, have you done any restorations or engine swaps before? Be realistic of how much work this is, have you got the skills and knowledge already or need to learn, the cost and if you can devote this much time to the project.

There’s a guy I think in the Netherlands doing a conversion, if you ask on the Volvo Amazon page on Facebook you will find him.
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Do you still need the gearbox? Not just connect direct to the propshaft essentially?
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Company in London has done a Moggy Thou not cut anything, fitted it to the G/box and I think removed the fuel tank built a frame and sat the batteries in there...ill try and find the link
It can be converted back easy.

https://classicsworld.co.uk/guides/e...-minor-review/

Found this and this below

https://www.londonelectriccars.com/

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That’s a lot of work, have you done any restorations or engine swaps before? Be realistic of how much work this is, have you got the skills and knowledge already or need to learn, the cost and if you can devote this much time to the project.

There’s a guy I think in the Netherlands doing a conversion, if you ask on the Volvo Amazon page on Facebook you will find him.
I'm not restoring it, i have someone doing that for me. The interior is mostly fine.

I am a fairly competent mechanic and have done plenty of electrical work on scooters, bikes, domestic solar panels and pools etc. I love to fiddle.

I am mechanical and electrically trained.

I used to garry up cars in a previous life, regularly having to change engines before an afternoon shift so I could get to work.

What I cant do myself, I will pay for someone to do. My worry is adapter plates and battery boxes.
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