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Electric vehicles are in use everywhere. They have proven to be efficient, quiet, economical and clean. The price, range, speed and load capacity of electric cars today fit as much as 80% of the driving needs of commuters in the United States.

This is a journal of my attempt at...

A 4CV to 4EV Conversion

2 October 2005

1959 Renault 4CV, cleanup and move Finally, a little progress. After spending most of the summer adding to my garage, I dragged the 4CV from the barn to the new addition. This brings it to tools and electricty, even though there has been no work on it worth reporting. It still waits for dismantling, repair of rusted places, and replacement of the brake lines, master cylinder and suspension.

LeCar transaxle LeCar transaxle cutaway

The good news is that it looks like the transaxle from the front of a Renault LeCar can be transplanted to the rear of the 4CV. The bulk of the transaxle would take up the space where the 4CV's engine used to be while the electric motor would occupy the space now taken up by the 4CV's transaxle. Besides providing newer, stronger drive components, this would also give the car rear disc brakes.

LeCar front suspension

The front track width of a LeCar is 50.7 inches (1.288 meters). The track of a 4CV is 47.6 inches (1.21 meters). I don't know yet if the difference will be a significant problem. It is probably not correctable by using a different offset in the wheels.

Here's a strange idea: The LeCar front suspension might provide both the front and the rear suspension for the 4CV. I will have to make lots of measurements and trials to find out.

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