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Is it wise to convert a VW Westfalia van to electric?

by Shane
(Vancouver, Canada)

Westfalia EV conversion

Westfalia EV conversion

I've been doing some research into some cheap-ish manual vans but was wondering if there is a limit to what can be converted based on size and design? I was considering using an AC engine based on what I have read on your website, but of course I have a lot more research to do on the subject for my plans of conversion are still in infancy as you can probably tell.

Thanks for your time and contribution towards saving the very planet we call home :)

Hi, Shane!

The Westfalia has been converted successfully to electric before.

Is there a limit to what you can run on electric, weight and size-wise? No. If the Army can build electric tanks, anything is possible. (On the other hand, the Army has a nearly unlimited budget, too.)

You've come to the heart of the question, really. Are you choosing the Westfalia because you can get them cheap, or because that's the car you want to drive?

You could spend a little more on a lighter conversion and pay less for components, and it would cost you less in the long run. But if you're wanting to convert the Westfalia for other reasons, like it's a cool peacemobile that you can camp in...then sure, go ahead and convert it. I look at it this way: the Westfalia has the advantage of having lots of space for batteries!

Canadian Electric Vehicles in Errington BC has EV kits, parts, and batteries when you're ready to get started.

All the best,

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