I am just going into my final year of mechatronics engineering, and as a project for my spare time I am looking to convert a car to fully electric drive.
At the moment I am also toying with the idea of scratch building a small go-cart like vehicle, but this would require a whole lot more mechanical engineering, which I am not as well versed in as the electrical side of things.
If I were to convert a car instead of scratch building, there are obviously things in the car to choose for:
- Ideally low mass
- Road legal chassis and interior
- Good space for batteries
- General roadworthy-ness
However I don't really know what type of car, or even how to look for a car which fits these criteria. Is anyone able to suggest what may be a good vehicle?
I do potentially have access to a 1992 Corolla H/B manual for reasonably cheap, just a little bit of panel beating required. Would this make an adequate choice, or is there something about it (and other similar vehicles) which make it a bad choice?
Thanks in advance.
EDIT: Just for slightly more context, I live in New Zealand, so by legal I obviously am referring to local laws.