Deciding On Your Electric Car Conversion Needs And Budget

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Deciding On Your Electric Car Conversion Needs And Budget

In this blog post, I am going to write about how to decide on your electric vehicle (EV) conversion needs and budgeting. Typically when it comes to converting a car to run on pure electricity, you have 3 main options:

1) A good range.

2) A high top speed.

3) A low conversion cost.

The fact is, you can only choose 2 of the 3 options above.

This means before selecting your parts or selecting a donor car, you need to decide what your goals are.

Let me elaborate further on the 3 points above.

A Good Range

The typical DIY electric car that runs on lead-acid batteries has an average driving range of approximately 40 – 50 miles before it has to be recharged. The mileage is due to a combination of multiple factors.

The biggest factors being the size & weight of the battery pack. Other contributing factors are the vehicle aerodynamics and your driving condition. Driving on hilly areas will definitely need more juice therefore reducing your net mileage.

To get a good or practical EV range, you need to understand your driving needs. Too much range, and it’ll cost you money because of the extra batteries needed. Too little range and your EV would not be practical.

A High Top Speed

How fast can an EV go? As fast as you want!

Unlike driving range, a high top speed for an electric car can be achieved without too much extra cost. It all depends on how much power is available from your car’s battery pack and how much power your car’s controller will allow through to the motor.

An EV with large enough power and current flow will out sprint a gasoline driven car. A Tesla Roadster will always beat a Ferrari Modena on a straight sprint!

Low Conversion Cost

The overall cost of the conversion of an EV will vary from car to car, and from country to country. Some of the costing factors are shipping and freight costs, the strength of your currency for buying parts from overseas sources, labor costs to fabricate battery racks and a motor-to-gearbox adapter plate etc.

There are many ways you can save on your DIY electric car conversion project. Some are straight forward while others require some creativity.

For more tips and strategies on how to save money for a DIY electric car conversion project, check out Les Oke’s Convert2EV e-book.

Les and his family have been living off the grid for more than 15 years. To live a green lifestyle, Les has been using a pure electric car for commuting purposes.

Throughout the years, Les has converted numerous automobile to EV. The Convert2EV manual is his years of EV experience penned down.

==> Click here to visit Convert2EV now!

By | 2012-08-16T09:42:57+08:00 January 12th, 2010|EV Conversion|6 Comments

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  1. tireman January 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    The mileage is still low…

  2. Josh Duffy October 24, 2010 at 2:09 am

    so what is the ball park cost on converting your car, if a guy was to supply the batteries and do the work himself. Someone has to know the cost of the rest of the parts

  3. Yervant November 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    todays Electric cars power train are no difference from what they had in the 90’s with the exception of the electronic gadgets inside the car thier range has not improved. I have 2 designs for all Electric vehicles that does not require plug-in. One of the projects was tested in city driving I was able to drive for 300+ miles in 2 days the batteries never got low. I am upgrading the power train to be able to maintain freeway speeds. Need funding/loan to complete both projects and present them to the automakers to sell.

  4. David Lyttle February 4, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Dear Yervant: What do you mean when you say you have designs for all electric that does not require a plug-in? And how do you get 300+ miles on a single charge? Where are you located? I would like to see your work.

  5. Yervant March 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I found a way to keep the batteries at 90% capacity all the time with no cumbustion engines of any type. The most extreem test on the first prototype was city driving stop and go and rush our just when you have picked up some speed you have to slow down to make things even worse we used a mid size Chevy S10 and the motor required only 10 batteries to give us the power needed. Do to the motor being under power our top speed in the city driving was about 29-32 mph after 2 days of doing this I wanted to upgrade the motor and the controler so I can test the truck on the freeway. Once I get funded I will test the truck by driving from California to New York put the truck to a real test and this time I will be documenting the hole trip. For the last 2 years i have been working how to make the batteries more sustainable well I found a way to do just that with NO plug in and nothing behind the wheels only brakes and NO cumbustion motor support batteries only.

  6. steve April 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    well it sounds great !! as like all of us its *range* and at what speed ?! the stuff i figured i would want & need would be expensive !!! lets face it highway speed are easy 70+ these days !! my favorite beach is 70 miles round trip hopefully with solar cells it will get some kind charge before i leave !

    now i am in no need of lazy things like power steering / brakes / windows /seats & all the other garbage that weighs a car down !! now in defense of A/C its all about wind drag at highway speeds & well comfort as a by-product ! i have a few cars in mind so i will wait & hope your system is the answer & help for all of us !! please keep us posted and good luck thanks

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