How do I do an electric vehicle conversion without using the transmission?

Question by Alex K: How do I do an electric vehicle conversion without using the transmission?
I would like to convert my 99 Toyota Tacoma 2wd to battery electric.

Every conversion kit that I’ve come across involves bolting an electric motor to the existing transmission. I would like to remove the transmission and mount the electric motor directly to the drive train.

I’ve heard this can be done successfully but there is little information available. Anyone have any experience or ideas on this?

Best answer:

Answer by Bertsta
I think gearboxes are often used to allow a greater speed range. Single speed vehicles aren’t quick enough for the road (eg. fork lift truck). To keep up a good speed you will have to flog it and the range will suffer as a result.

But there’s no technical reason why you need a ‘box. Maybe have a look at a fork lift truck and see how it’s done, and maybe “borrow” the parts you need while you’re there 😉

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