Salvaging a Prius

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HindooCow
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Salvaging a Prius

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Hi!

I'm new here - great to be part of the AEVA community!

I've been thinking about converting an EV for some time now... I've got a quick question:

Whats to stop me from buying a cheap salvage Prius, ripping the guts out, and putting it in something light, like a Moke? The only thing I can think of is maybe there would be issues with the controller needing to talk to the ECU, or something like that?

(I'm on a pretty tight budget! Just brainstorming at the moment   Image)

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Salvaging a Prius

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HindooCow wrote: Hi!

I'm new here - great to be part of the AEVA community!
Welcome!
What's to stop me from buying a cheap salvage Prius, ripping the guts out, and putting it in something light, like a Moke? ... Just brainstorming at the moment   Image)

Good lateral thinking. Unfortunately, a Prius isn't an all-electric vehicle; it needs a lot of work to make it all-electric, plus a relatively high voltage pack (~240 V DC), which is not great for a first time conversion.

I considered some options in this thread: How to Convert a Hybrid. (It's a longish thread; just read the first page or two.) However, I didn't think of your "transplant" idea. The Prius motors, which are very marginal as motors to move the heavy Prius body, might do fine in a light body. But it would be a bit of work to transplant them.
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