Everyone of the vehicles you listed would be a financial and performance disaster for an EV conversion. If you can’t go with a good candidate (VW Rabbit, S10 Pickup, etc.) you probably should just forget it.
Why do you need 4X4? Doesn’t the highway department keep the roads cleared during the winter months?
[QUOTE=Canadian_Wheeler;4482]I know that you want a light weight vehicle (such as a Chevrolet S10 or compact car) but I live in Canada and I prefer to have 4x4 for icy road conditions. What kind of a loss am I looking at for the transfer case, drive shaft and front differential. I would not be driving it in 4wd all the time, just in severe & hilly conditions.
Here were some original choices of vehicle I was planning on converting. Primary need was 4 doors and lots of storage, secondary need was having a 4x4 for the winter.
Jeep Cherokee = 4600 lbs
Crewcab Sonoma = 5150 lbs
Blazer = 4800 lbs (These are really cheap now, I guess because they always break down)
Grand Cherokee = 5400 lbs ( A little more room, luxerious interior and better styling) I am over 6’ so the Cherokee/Blazer/Sonoma are a little tight for me.)
Suburban = 7300 lbs (The idea I had with this one was, there would be a ton of room to put batteries in, but it is much heavier then even a Jeep XJ or ZJ which knocks it off my list)
I think I am going to be doing a Jeep Cherokee (XJ) conversion. But if I can find a cheap Grand Cherokee (ZJ) then I will do that.
Has anyone every thought about or tried having a seperate battery pack and swapping the packs out if you had to do alot of driving, or even doing a trailer system where you can put batteries in the trailer so you can go even further. The thought came to me while researching EV’s.[/QUOTE]