Building An Electric Car From Your Home Garage
There are many benefits in having your own [tag-tec]pure electric car[/tag-tec]. Firstly, you wouldn’t have to stop by the gas station to fuel up anymore. The only time you have to stop by the service station is to buy candy or use their restroom. That is a great idea if you ask me.
To an electric car enthusiast, the whole internal component and electrical system of an electric vehicle (EV) is really fascinating. You are using electric power from the battery to move a bulk of metal weighting almost half a ton! From a scientific point, that is awesome.
A brand new EV from a car manufacturer is not cheap. If you were to get one from the dealership, be prepared to invest upwards of US40,000. This is understandable because without the [tag-tec]economy of scale[/tag-tec], the car manufacturer would not be able to bring the cost down. Not for the time being anyway. When the demand for EV picks up, the cost will always comes down. This is the basics manufacturing economics.
If you are on a tight budget, building an electric car via Do It Yourself (DIY) approach would be your only option. But before you go and remove your car internal combustion engine (ICE), there are a few things you have to know.
Not everyone can perform their own EV conversion at their home garage. Firstly, you must be well versed with the inner workings of a gasoline driven car. Do you fix your own car when there is a problem? Do you service your own vehicle or would you prefer to send it to a friendly mechanic?
If you are outsourcing the maintenance and servicing of your car, it would be a better idea to outsource your electric car conversion process also.
When you are letting someone else to electric retrofit your car, you should do your own research also. To be prudent, you should read up on the basic science of a homemade electric car. There are many books on electric vehicle conversion available in the bookstore and on the web.
The reason I recommend you to do this is to be prudent. With some knowledge on EV, at least you will know when your are being charge of unnecessary work done of parts installed in your EV.
EV Conversion For Beginners
If you want to learn the processes involved in an electric car conversion project, check out Gavin Shoebridge’s Electric Conversion Made Easy e-book.
Gavin is from New Zealand and he has converted his 1987 Mitsubishi Treadia into an EV. His e-book documents all the steps in his conversion process. Gavin’s manual also comes with 11 High Definition (HD) instructional videos specially made for beginners.