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MGF EV Conversion 1 month 2 weeks ago #199403

I am looking at converting an MGF to EV and am currently looking around for a donor . One that has come up is a 2001 MGF with 6 speed Steptronic gearbox.

Anyone know if any issues using this Steptronic gearbox for EV conversion. Any pros or Cons? .

I intend to keep gearbox and mount motor directly to gearbox input shaft. I guess the Steptronic gearbox is wider than standard gearbox


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MGF EV Conversion 1 week 3 days ago #199606

Keeping the original gearbox is a decent idea, not sure how an auto box will cope with the motor. I haven't heard of one being used before.

If you are in the UK, I would advise against the MGF as a conversion. The interior dimensions don't lend well to conversion and the DVLA is being a complete pain in the ass. You have to avoid cutting any bodywork or chassis and only use original bolt holes. If they spot something has been cut or drilled you'll need to get an IVA. This is fine for the car but any battery boxes will need certification which is currently costing around £5k.
If you do still want to convert an MGF got for a donor that is pre 2001 tax change. Otherwise you'll still have to pay the original road tax as again the DVLA is refusing to change the tax band of EV conversions post 2001 when the tax is based on Co2 emissions and not engine size.

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MGF EV Conversion 1 week 2 days ago #199617

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Most people use a manual gearbox when converting an ICE car to EV. they then lock it in 3rd gear and rely on the torque of the electric motor.


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MGF EV Conversion 6 days 18 hours ago #199668

Also, you need to take in to consideration the output of the motor you are going to use. Much more than 120hp and the steptronic gearbox will struggle with the extra power.

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