Author Archives: Nor Cal EV

About Nor Cal EV

I am passionate about slowing down Climate Change by changing the world to sustainable energy, transport, etc. Huge Tesla fan. Current project is converting 1974 VW Super Beetle to an electric Volksrod (with front beam extended 10"). Paint it black.

Next Door at NORCAL-EV.COM’s Machine Shop/Garage

Next door to the Rhino Shelter is an old unused, one car garage…after many hours of cleaning and organizing it is now a pretty cool little work space.  Here is a Time Lapse video of me hanging up the LED shop lights.

I have a Traffic Safety sign project that I promised to myself I would finish before I jack up the VW Bug and start tearing her apart.  More on that next.

Thanks for watching!

Branding…you bet!

I just received the final version of NORCAL-EV.COM’s new logo from my super talented nephew Kyle R. McFadden (look him up on where he is quicky gaining a solid reputation for his quality work).

Here it is…


…hats, shirts, etc. in the works…back to the build…this weekend we (my 9 year old daughter and 4 year old son) will be jacking (the kids will get to press the button…video to follow) up the bug with our new  I can’t wait…need to remember to loosen the wheel lug nuts while she is on the ground…one of the 10,000 things I will be learning on this journey.

Thanks for joining me on this journey.



Donor Vehicle has been purchased!

After perusing for weeks I found my donor vehicle.  She is a 1974 VW Super Beetle.  I purchased her from Bruce K. (owner of in San Jose, CA).

Bruce was kind enough to sell me the car (at a discount) without the engine which saved me time and money in the long run.  The car was a daily driver and operational prior to the engine being removed.

Here is a short video of the bug at San Jose Auto Steam Cleaning.  It was a beautiful day in Northern California…perfect day to clean up the underside of the bug.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!




Nor Cal EV’s Garage Part 1

Hello EV Friends:

Sold the boat…time to start the e-bug conversion I have been talking about for the past 2+ years…super stoked to get going.  Below are some fun little time-lapse videos of me constructing steel frame for’s official conversion shop.



When finished it will be a 12′ W X 20′ L X 8′ H portable garage…tan in color…it will look like this but with a way cooler ev inside:

rhino shelter image 1

That’s it for now…goal is to get the front/rear doors and main cover on this week…yes, I will post time-lapse video of the process.

Thanks for joining me on the ev ride!