I intend to document the restoration project, present the design features and choices, and provide a resource of information for others who are interested in a similar restoration or a conversion of a conventional IC (internal combustion) vehicle to electric or electric-hybrid.
Check back often, as I will be updating the content a lot as I set the site up.
The Electravan I acquired is in surprisingly excellent overall condition for its age. It is rust free, all glass is intact, and has no significant body or mechanical defects so far as can be discovered by a superficial inspection. Because of its small size, light weight, and good condition, it is still an excellent candidate for an EV conversion.
Currently the propulsion system is inoperable. There are no batteries, the controller has been partially removed and is obsolete and not repairable, and the battery charger is very obsolete 1970’s technology. The electric motor is intact, but its condition is unknown. However, a basic EV drive system is very modular, and replacements are easily installed.
The Electravan has remnants of U.S. National Park Service livery and was apparently originally used by the park service, presumably in Downtown Washington DC. No other details are known about the vehicle.