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PeterC
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Brisbane has an active AEVA group including conversions.
The charade was popular but getting on a bit for starting out now. The Mitsubishi Mirage also. Earlier VW Golf. Best to avoid a car that is so tiny that you can’t find somewhere for the battery to go in a car not designed for it. Best also to avoid a car that has poor fuel economy as a petrol car – it might be because it is heavy for its size or poor aerodynamics. Pick something that you would still be happy to be driving 10 years from now. Something that is not so obscure that getting parts will be hard (IE suspension bits or a used indicator stalk or whatever.
For something classic, plenty have done VW beetles. You can even get kits for them.
Look at the Gross Vehicle Mass and compare to the actual vehicle mass. The GVM says how much extra mass you can add (after taking out some mass for passengers and their potential luggage-from memory, I think you have to allow 85kg/seatbelt position).
If you want only a two seater, you open up options. You can put a lot of battery where the back seat was and you gain the GVM that was allocated to the people in back.
Browse through EValbum for ideas. This is mine: http://www.evalbum.com/2468 Email address is there too if you want to arrange a chat.