[Oeva-list] newbie questions

Tim Kutscha tim_kutscha at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 18 21:28:23 PDT 2008

Hi Janet,

   If I were you, I would go to EVAlbum.com and chat
with other folks that have already converted Jeeps to
get their input.  You can find their info at:


I think the 172 volt system would definitely give you
the opportunity for more power to handle the weight if
you had the correct motor installed.

All the conversions I know about use a manual transmission
because the horsepower wasted running the fluid link in the
automatic is not a good thing.  Unlike a gasoline car where
the engine is always turning, the motor in an electric car just
stops when you stop the car.  The automatic transmission 
needs the constantly moving motor to keep the fluid link

You can keep your 4WD system, but I believe it will severely
cut down on the power transmitted to the wheels due to all
the friction losses in the extra machinery.  This is one reason
why people are highly discouraged from converting their

I think you'll get the best advice from the folks on EVAlbum.
I've worked with Ross Cunniff before (we both have Porsche 914s)
and he's an excellent engineer.

Tim Kutscha
OEVA co-chair

----- Original Message ----
From: Janet Redhawk <cyberdyke_1 at yahoo.com>
To: oeva-list at oeva.org
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 12:17:35 PM
Subject: [Oeva-list] newbie questions


I just finished watching the DVD "convert-it!" and I'm
already to take the plunge but I have several
questions I'm hoping that you folks here can answer.

The car I'd like to convert is my '99 Jeep Wrangler,
the GVW= 2,018Kg, the curb weight= 1,388kg.

Now in the DVD Mr. Brown said that the didn't want to
use vehicles that weighed more than 2000lbs. 

Question 1: since that was a 96 volt system, if I were
to use a 172 volt system would I get better results?

Question 2: With this vehicle and a 172 volt system
what results can I expect to get?

Question 3: Is it necessary to have a manual
transmission to do a conversion these days?

Question 4: Can I keep my 4wd system and actually be
able to use it with electric motor?

Ok now I know little about conversion so please help
me out with anything I may not have considered or may
have changed since that DVD was made.  Yes I'm going
to read the book as soon as it arrives in the mail! 

thanks again


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