OwnerMick Longley
Owner's Other EVs1978 Kawasaki KZ200
1995 Giant Mountain Bike
LocationDurango, Colorado United States map
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Vehicle1971 Volkswagen Type 3 Fastback
$3000 2014 Nissan LEAF stuffed into a $200 71 VW

Fastback. I’ve been working on this build for a

little while, as a test for a much larger

project to come. See more on YouTube (Regen EVs

Motor Nissan LEAF 3-Phase AC
Used entire LEAF drive motor combo.
DrivetrainEntire 2014 Nissan LEAF motor and electronics

Controller Nissan LEAF
Used entire LEAF drive motor combo
Batteries400.00 Volt,
Used entire LEAF battery assembly, 24kWh
System Voltage400 Volts
Charger Nissan LEAF
Nissan Leaf 6.6kW and CHAdeMO DC Fast Charging.

HeaterPlan to use LEAF heat pump. Steering wheel

heater and seat heaters all around though!
DC/DC Converter Nissan LEAF
LEAF electronics were used.
InstrumentationLEAF gauge cluster mounted below dash, as well

as stock VW Type 3 gauge set (speedo)
Top Speed100 MPH (160 KPH)
It’s a quick car, weighing in at 2650 lbs. Top

speed is a guess, as I have no desire to go that

fast in a 50 year old VW!
AccelerationJust got a Dragy, seems that an average is about

8.8 seconds 0-60 at full charge, slightly

Range90 Miles (144 Kilometers)
Battery came from an 11 bar LEAF. Highway trip

made for 239 Whr/mile. 100 is super-duper hyper-miling.

Watt Hours/Mile239 Wh/Mile

66.1 start trip odo

161.61 end trip odo

95.51 miles

16.22 (charged at home after trip) + 6.56

(opportunity charge) =

22.78kWh used

239 whr/Mile

EV Miles
Current:1,000 Miles (1,609 Kilometers)
    As of 4/23/2022
Seating Capacity2 adults, and its tight for 2 kids.
Curb Weight2,650 Pounds (1,204 Kilograms)
Very light VW paired with belly mounted LEAF

battery and frame.
TiresStock LEAF wheels/tires.
Conversion TimeA very long time, as this was an experiment (2

years of tinkering on and off)l
Conversion CostLess than $4000, including the donor LEAF and VW

Additional FeaturesUsed the power steering, braking, and abs module from the Nissan

LEAF. I still have to build wheel speed sensors so the ABS and

traction control will work - it’s been pretty fun driving without

them in good weather but I’ll really be looking forward to more

traction in winter!
Have a look at the Regen EVs YouTube channel - I’ve been documenting

the build there:


Here is an article by Sarah Kelly of EV Four Corners:


code by jerry