Nissan Frontier a Good EV Conversion Choice?
(Boulder, CO, USA)
Has anyone ever seen a 4 door Nissan Frontier truck converted? The older ones ~2000 appear to be a little smaller and lighter. I know it's a little heavier than a Ford Ranger, but should be similar in size and weight.
Just wondering if anyone out there has ever seen it done. I'd like to end up with a vehicle that me, my wife and 2 kids could all hop in and drive around town in. The 4 door gives that option. Just a regular truck conversion wouldn't work well for the whole family.
Hi, Max -
That's a big truck.
It's a LOT heavier than the Ford Ranger we're used to converting, before all the trucks went on steroids a few years back.
So that's not to say it can't be done; consider using two AC motors working together, and fill the truck-bed with batteries.
There's an F-150 (about the same size as your Frontier, I think?) here on the EV Photo Album using a big DC motor and 144 volts...cheaper, but his acceleration and range are less than exhilarating.
It's up to you, but I'd either go with the AC drive system with higher voltage, or think about trading to a lighter car.