Hey! Something I've thought about a lot in the past was becoming a van-dwelling nomad. The more thought I gave that, the more I started to consider things like converting larger vehicles... buses, box trucks, that kind of thing. Traveling has made me feel even more like I'm suited to that kind of lifestyle, so again I find myself giving options thought and weighing them against others. Anyways, the title and that little blurb has probably given enough context: I've started learning about EV conversions and trying to figure out the practicality of converting something like a bus with a dead engine which can sometimes be had for like $100, but just staying under $1000 gives you quite a rich selection if you're patient. So, I've occasionally been asking about this in different places and trying to get better context to approach whether this idea is even plausible. Here are some things I have tried to get to the bottom of... I like the look of transit/city buses a lot more than conventional school buses. But, besides that, I am under the impression that they are generally lighter (less durable) than typical school buses. They're generally lower to the ground which hypothetically allows for a higher (legal) roof height relative to the floor height if I wanted to raise the roof. I was under the impression that there are transit/city buses that are primarily made of aluminum--I haven't been able to verify that lately, but the lightness of aluminum compared to steel would be a huge advantage in this use case. I asked on skoolie.net for people to share the weights of their buses, so far, the average weight I've had--combining both converted and stripped buses--is 21501 pounds. It seems like there's a lot of options for how one could approach a DIY electric vehicle in terms of hardware. Lots of choices in terms of motor (AC, DC, Brushless DC), controllers, batteries, and so on. I'm still trying to get an understanding of the different elements here, but because this is a pretty out-of-the-ordinary pursuit, it's hard to figure out what's suitable for powering a vehicle that weighs more than 5 tons. Frankly, the most interesting kind of battery cell I've heard of so far is the 18650 "Laptop" battery cell. I like the idea of recycling/re-purposing, and scouring Goodwills and the like for cheap cheap laptops to pull batteries from sounds like a lot of fun. Here are some questions I have, with what I've looked into so far: What kind of vehicle do you think would be the best starting point for an EV conversion and a camper conversion? Do you know if any aluminum-frame buses exist? Do you happen to know the manufacturers/models/years? What kind of motor setup do you think would be necessary and/or suitable for such a heavy vehicle? Do I need to couple motors? Should I try to have a motor for each wheel, or the two stationary wheels? Figuring out what kind of overall engine/controller power consumption I "might" be looking at would help me estimate how feasible scrapping batteries actually would be. For figuring out how many battery cells I need to connect in series and in parallel. Do you have any recommended reading on this subject?