Welcome to my Electric VW Bus conversion blog. In the Summer of 2007 I made up my mind to convert a 1973 VW Bay Window Bus to an electric vehicle (EV). I had been researching stock EVs like the ZAP cars, and decided that if I was going to fully utilize an electric car to carry my work equipment, and occasionally my family of 5, I was going to need to make my own. The bus platform seemed to be a great choice since it is fairly light, and could support the weight of all the batteries I would need to get the 50 or so mile range per charge I would need. So off to Craig's List I went, and found this nice red/orange 73 bus that had a good body and an owner who helped take the engine out for me. Unfortunately he also removed the transmission.