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Cheap electric car conversion: the of keeping it under $1000

The claim to fame is that it was on a shoestring budget: it was on the road on 11, 2007, legally registered and as an electric vehicle, for a net cost of (Canadian dollars) including the

Since then, that has crept up to $ 997.60 (as of May 29, 2009), some upgrades and additional bought. And it may creep up further as we tinkering/refining.

Covered on this

How the heck did we manage to do it so inexpensively?

performance goals

Buying parts only

Selling the over bits and pieces net cost vs. total cash

Ontario provincial sales tax for EV’s

Discounts/donations from a few people

Isn’t this an cheap one-off conversion?

would it have cost selling parts or getting donations discounts?

Detailed cost summary

How the did we manage to do it so inexpensively?

Four reasons:

modest design (performance range) = moderate

by only buying used

by selling every left part possible;

because a few people gave us some for free (or cheap)

1) Modest specs: low/moderate performance = cost

This part is straightforward: a medium-speed car with range requirements is going to be expensive than a highway car that must be able to go distances. Why? Because the speed car can have a smaller pack, less powerful less powerful motor

Each of these is a significant of the cost of a conversion. The battery price goes up with and the price of motors controllers up with power output.

2) used parts almost

Nearly all the components used in the are second-hand. The only new parts we were:

potentiometers: two, $3.40 each, Radio

ammeter shunt: new old stock, $39.78 CAD (incl. shipping)

converter: (2) new old stock, eBay

Even our battery pack is Because we don’t require range, second hand are feasible.

3) Selling the left bits and pieces

There’s a difference between the project’s net (just under $1k) and the cash outlay . The total spent was closer to $2200 figures Canadian dollars), but we got than half of that mostly by selling a pile of

The cars: We started with the red Swift for $75. But its underbits out to be too rusty to be worth saving, so we up the much better blue for $175.

We swapped all the best parts to the blue car, and then everything else we could . online: the red car’s engine, a new radiator, door handles, interior parts, transmission, lights, headlights. From the car we sold a nearly new gas tank, and block heater.

In the end, we $424 worth of un-needed car You can see where this is going.

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The similar story. We bought an used electric forklift. its electric/electronic bits, and sold the to a metal recycler. We even its main drive motor to EV builder (because it was too big to fit in the Metro).

Our net for the forklift parts: $34.95.


People who fret all those hybrid and electric car going into the landfill don’t understand that made of valuable materials only a fool would away. A recycler will pay you for them, and that was the fate of than a few of our worn out golf batteries. We got $62.00 for battery

Ontario provincial sales tax for EV’s

The provincial sales tax is on parts bought for the conversion of a to alternative fuel or electric Our application is pending. We’ll see if actually going to cough up the $ in tax we paid for that forklift. For info, see: REFUNDS Vehicles Powered by Alternative

It all adds up: we recovered $ 1,204.12 the sale of extra parts, and refunds. That’s more half the total spent on the And we still have parts over from the forklift that we’re keeping as

4) Discounts donations from a few people

My friend, the machinist . us a very healthy discount on the that he custom made for us, and for drilling the holes in the adapter

My new friend, the engineer at Delta Q . a used QuiQ smart

Batteries, batteries everywhere .

The supply company gave us our eight batteries for free. OK, so were near-dead batteries, but got us started.

Alan gave us a of tired batteries that swapped out of his Ford Ranger We were able to assemble a pack from these could drive the car over 20 km on a adequate for our needs.

Sue changed out her battery pack last and sold us a set of fresher batteries for scrap value. Thanks,

Priceless, free advice . that, from many the project wouldn’t have got off the

Is this an unrealistically cheap conversion?

It might seem easy to the ForkenSwift as an unrealistic one-off, by obsessively cost-conscious builders. truth is we spent more on the than necessary; over worth of stuff that was wasn’t needed/used.)

Since it was two more highly affordable medium speed runabouts motors also sourced used forklifts) have hit the Which lends credence to the that electric drive not have to be prohibitively expensive for the tinkerer.

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