Wilderness EV kits for converting your car
By: +David Herron; Date: 2021-01-03T23:53:32.225Z
Tags: EV Conversions
One way to get an electric vehicle is through converting an existing gasoline vehicle. That's the route taken by most EV owners today.
Wilderness EV offers a series of kits, and will also sell pre-converted cars using their kits.
What their kits offer are instructions, an electric motor, wiring, and a controller. It's up to you to find a suitable donor car, remove the gasoline related equipment, and install the parts. And once you install the parts you must find a set of batteries.
Their kit design uses a "shunt motor" which they claim to be superior to the "series motors" that are widely used in EV conversions today. I don't know enough about the differences to say which is best.
The company may have moved to a different website, and has moved on from shunt motors. I cannot in good consciousness recommend their conversion kits. I bought a car that had been converted using one of their kits, and the car itself was a gorgeous Karmann Ghia restoration but it performed really badly. It barely had a 10 mile range and would barely get to 50 miles/hr. The car has since been reconverted to a modern lithium pack, with a far more powerful motor and controller, and easily goes on the highway for a fifty mile range -- see ekarmann.com. The Wilderness EV conversion of this car was kind of dangerous, because other drivers would expect it to behave like a car and have a 60-70+ miles/hr top speed and have difficulty with the slow acceleration and low top speed.