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Converting Your Car To An Electric

September 10, 2007

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cars. They are perhaps the inefficient device that of us use daily. We really should all be electric vehicles (or none at all see post ). The internal combustion is inefficient in term of pollution, gas and maintenance costs (this explains why electric cars are 90% than gas-powered cars). as you may have heard, there are no vehicles available today resemble conventional cars or

Companies like Phoenix Tesla Motors. Commuter and Miles Automotive Group and ZAP are close, but you still can’t down some cash and buy an car from them today. The type of electric cars can be purchased are NEVs (Neighbor Vehicles), which usually a top speed of about 25 MPH.

But wait — there are a couple ways to acquire a electric car right now. One is to buy a used vehicle that else has converted to an electric You can search for use electric vehicles on like Craig’s List. or EVFinder.

For more advice on an used electric car, I refer you to Shari Prange’s article Finding and Buying A Electric Vehicle (PDF in Home Power Magazine No


But these used electric are certainly limited in their especially if you don’t live on the Coast. So may wish to take a and do an electric conversion yourself.

electric conversion involves the entire internal combustion from a vehicle, installing an motor in its place, and also a large bank of batteries. A will cost you about in parts, and about $1000-$3000 for and installation. But, for all this you’ll get a zero-emissions vehicle costs only a few cents per to run. Your electric car also be more reliable and much less maintenance a conventional one. Remember gas-powered cars cost the about $1800 per year on for fuel costs alone, and is the addition expense of engine and oil changes.

Electric cars have a resell values, and are more overall because there are parts to fail. Most of the are solid-state electronics with no parts. The engine of an electric car has a infinite lifespan the components probably outlast the chassis.

The real expense is the batteries, will need to be replaced every 3 to 4 years.

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You can expect converted vehicle to have a of 60-80 miles, a top speed of MPH, and good acceleration It will take about hours to completely recharge the All of these factors will based on the weight of the car you convert, and the of engine and batteries you install.

So, what type of car is the best for an electric conversion? A light car lbs. curb weight) a manual transmission.You want a vehicle, because heavy severely restrict the range of the engine. Automatic transmissions use up too power because they the engine to be constantly idling. As far as style, you need something can hold all the batteries you’ll be

Michael Brown, author of It. recommends a car that is light and like a Rabbit, Civic, Escort or light pickup The ideal donor car has a good and interior, sound transmission, but a engine.

For electric cars, the type of driving is an area is not too hilly and not too cold. Hills put a larger burden on the engine, and reduce its range.Cold weather also reduce performance, but are many happy electric car who live in Canada and Alaska.

There are two types of electric kits available: custom that are tailored to a specific models, and universal kits can be installed in a variety of vehicles. kits contain all the essential components but rely on the builder to custom parts like racks or boxes. Custom include the entire drive and battery racks and boxes, to suit a particular model.

For a company called Canadian Vehicles provides kits to Chevy S10 trucks, Geo Metros and Neons. Another company, Automotive. provides kits to Volkswagen Rabbits and Porsche

Here’s a brief history of cars .

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