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.
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:220 Miles (353 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults, maybe 5 but that would be TIGHT!
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:

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