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1 Gary Guercio August 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Hey Ben,
I have a 1982 850 Suzuki converted…finally got the lead out, currently have 60 amp hr calbs.
34 each. I have questions about the info on you vectrix. Too many for email. Can you call me when it is convenient for you? xxx-xxx-xxxx.
If not I’ll email the questions.

2 Daniel Malan October 29, 2018 at 8:03 am

Hey there Ben,

First of all well done on the work you have done, and thank you for the inspiration.

My name is Daniel and I’m based in South Africa (inland so no salt-air issues at least) and as of late fuel prices have been ever increasing.

After much thought and watching your videos on YouTube (I will be purchasing the DVD asap) I have come to the conclusion that its time I do an EV swap on my car. I’m running a ’05 VW Citi Golf (Mk1 body) currently running a 1.4 L (+/-85 cu) carb motor on a 5 speed manual transmission. It has a weight of around 950 kg (+/-2000 lbs).

Originally it produced around 55 kW(75 Hp) on the wheels with around 100 Nm (80 lb-ft) – mine pushes a bit more than that even after 13 years and with only a few small modifications My question to you is, what motor should I go for to do the EV conversion, and what sort of system would I be able to use for regenerative charging?

I’m only looking to get around 150 km – 200 km (+/- 90 mi – 120 mi) range, however I still want to be to keep my current driving performance, ie, being able to accelerate as quickly as possible (currently I’m getting around 8 seconds 0-100 kmh / 62mph with 190kmh / 110mph top speed – this is a daily and not a race car — yet).

I would be able to buy / build anything required quite easily this side s parts for this car are very cheap here (thinking of the transmission adapter plate, suspension, etc). The one main item I need to keep in mind, is wheel size being a lot larger than the standard 155/80R13. I’m currently running 185/65R15 (I will drop this to a 165/45R15 as soon as I have the chance)

I was thinking of running a twin motor setup (joined by a gearing system onto the transmission) with a pair of alternators hooked up to tail shafts from the motors?

Do you think something like this could work and be a viable option for the EV conversion?

I thank you in advance for your time and hope you keep well.

Kind regards,


3 Frank Holub August 17, 2019 at 10:53 pm

I have an old Honda Shadow 700 that has too many things wrong to list. I am looking to convert it to electric, as it is a shaft drive, I imagine it would be fairly easy to use parts from the stock transmission to connect it to an electric motor. What motor would you reccomend? So many of the conversions I’ve seen have the motor sideways to interface with the chain or belt, but mine would have the motor shaft facing back, to interface with the shaft drive.

4 Luís Neves October 15, 2020 at 5:03 am

Dear Ben,

I would like to ask you if it is possible to help me.
I have a 2012 Vectrix VX-1, and months ago i started to have a problem with the rear light. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not work. It depends of the street conditions. It seems that there is something disconnecting.
Can you help me telling how can i disassemble the Vectrix rear or sending me some link where i can see how to disassemble it.
It is not possible for now to have assistance, that’s why i would like to do it by myself.

Kind Regards,
Luís Neves

5 admin November 1, 2020 at 8:16 am

Hi Luis,

You just need to disassemble the plastic body parts on the back of the cycle. Get to the wiring harness and maker sure everything is properly connected.
It’s just a matter of removing screws and doing it.

6 patrick oleary November 6, 2021 at 10:29 pm

so i had this old kawasaki kz550 ltd sitting around a few years ago and finally finished converting it to electric back in june of this year and have close to 500 miles on it now. just wanted to say your page was a great help in figuring out how to do a lot of the basics & make me think about how i wanted to do some of the custom things. keep up the good work 🙂

7 Ben N November 8, 2021 at 8:44 am

Your cycle looks really good! Matching helmet is a great touch.
This looks very similar to what I would do right now if I were doing the project again – 72V or better w/ Nissan Leaf cells and Motenergy motor.
Nice work on keeping the gas tank, even with the significant cut-out for the battery.

Glad my info could be of use to you!

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