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  • Glennmoss
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    Was invited to come check out Volkwagen’s EV platform while I’m here in Germany. They went through all the technicals on their current platforms and I learned some information about their upcoming ID family as well before I got to take one of their cars out on the autobahn and drive it to its top speed! Their offices seemed super cool and they even had a bunch of Nerf guns lying around.ย IMG_4301

    Rustabus
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    Thatโ€™s Pretty Cool Glen!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Franz
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    Cool!ย  Did you get any new ideas about your project?

    Glennmoss
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    Yeah definitely, one interesting thing I noticed was that their design for their upcoming EV is very similar to ours in both the batteries and the chassis

    Glennmoss
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    Some progress the past couple weeks. We received our Tesla motor and installed an updated inverter drive board. We tested the board to verify all the functions are working correctly and will be attempting to run the motor on a stand this week with the help of EVWest. What we need next are the batteries to power our prototype. EVWest says they just got a shipment of new batteries so we are going up tomorrow to see if we can work out a deal. There are many hurdles we have yet to overcome but we are optimistic about our future. We have been trying to establish a strategic partnership between our company and Volkswagen so that, in the future, we could develop conversions based on their upcoming EV platform.IMG_2606IMG_2603IMG_2608

    Rustabus
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    Heh, outta our comfort zone but thanks for the updates!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glennmoss
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    This is what I have been talking with VW about. Similar to what Franz was talking about in my sc thread:

    The modular design allows for the composite upper body to be detached from the MEB chassis, which VW argues will open up a โ€œworld of possibilities for third-party manufacturers, as the original Meyers Manx kit did for the first buggies.โ€ย https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/04/vws-futuristic-all-electric-dune-buggy-embraces-its-1960s-roots/

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    Vwsarent4hippies
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    Send that SDU back, and shove a LDU in there!

    Glennmoss
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    SDU will be better fitment for classic VWs. Also with peak power of 220 kW (~294 hp) it should be more than enough power. We will be tuning ours down for testing purposes. Would love to build a Baja someday with a LDU hanging out the back though!

     

    Willy
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    Glenn picked up something like 6 batteries from EV West this weekend.

    Sounds like the Tesla drivetrain should be able to slide right in without having to cut anything, or even take the body off the pan.

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