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Electric Car Conversion Plans – 5 Tips To Find Good EV Manual

Things To Look Out For Good Electric Car Conversion Plans

If you are looking for electric car conversion plans on the internet, here are 5 things you should look out for.

1) Prove.

Make sure the author of the book has converted a gasoline driven car to electric vehicle (EV).

Some of the EV manuals out there are “ghost written”. Meaning, a copy writer writes that book and sells it as a Private Label Right (PLP). Then anyone can buy the right, slap on his name as the author and try to sell it on the web.

How do you prove the authenticity of the EV conversion manual?

That’s easy…look for lots of before and after pictures of the electric car conversion process.

If the manual has a lot of pictures of the EV components, and there are pictures of the same components used in the EV engine bay, that would prove the authenticity of the author.

2) Videos.

Videos are an alternative media on the internet. It is not new but videos do present information much better than an e-book.

Here’s a fact. It takes time, effort and money to make good videos.

If an electric car conversion guide comes with instructional videos, it shows the author is serious about his work and most probably is an authority in his field.

3) Comprehensive / Detail information.

A good EV manual should have detailed information about an EV conversion project. Actual parts cost break down or a component model and part number says a lot about the content of the guide.

4) Referencing.

Do a quick query on the search engine on the author’s name. Find out what other people are talking about the author.

If you can find lots of web sites talking about the work of the author, it is a good sign he is legit.

If you can’t find any references on the web, the said author may not even exist.

What does that tell you about the EV manual? Probably not very good. Don’t you think so?

5) Personality.

Have a look at the electric car conversion guide main web page.

Can you feel the voice of the author?

Different people write in different ways. Some can be very technical, others a bit light and humorous.

What you want is something in between. Have a feel of the personality of the author from the material he wrote on his web site.

If it’s good, chances are, his e-book would have the same voice.

EV Conversion Guide For The Average Joe

If you are looking for a good Do It Yourself (DIY) electric car conversion manual, check out Gavin Shoebridge’s Electric Conversion Made Easy guide.

Gavin is from New Zealand and he has converted his old 1987 Mitsubishi Treadia into a pure electric car in his garage.

Gavin is also well known in the homemade electric car realm. This is because of all the videos he took when he was converting his Tredia to EV. The videos are all uploaded on YouTube and you can see his video channel here.

==> Click here to read more about Electric Conversion Made Easy!

Related web pages:

1) Gavin Shoebridge’s New Zealand TV appearance – click here

2) Electric Car Conversion Manual

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  1. Rotary Encoders October 23, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I found these are some great tips. I am currently looking into converting one of my cars and don’t really know a ton about it. This is a great starting point, thanks.

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  4. Barry June 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I still think that a conversion of a 1275GT Mini Clubman thru an auto box is a chance. Chain drive from original crankshaft output position to the input of an auto box under (as fitted) will solve a lot of technical isues but may need to double chain the inpiut drive. A bit of engineering to mount the 33kw 72vlt chinese will up the go from start …. to licketey spilt considerably quicker although I am not really looking for this sort of performance. Motor is super cheap – bought on Ebay and 3X the power of the original 1275cc that was installed.( May need to tone it down a bit)

    The car will ultimatley be a toy to build and play with so I am not too worried about distance but figure with the weight and size should be able to get to town and back (20km) without a problem and maybe pass a few crusties on mobility scooters.

    I liked the idea of converting a short tray truck and fill it with batteries to add distance but then am not really into covering a lot of miles. Have yet to do power calcs and need to work this out but if someone has worked out how far 6 X second hand 80ah batteries will run 800kg (including batteries) thru a 33kw/72vt motor please let me know.

    Really nice day down here in NZ


  5. G. Thomas September 24, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Although I realize you are showing folks how a very ordinary EV conversion is done, please think about the major gain in efficiency you’d get with hub-mounted EV motors and PWM electronic motor regulation ….. if I’m not mistaken, if the EV conversion is designed this way, then the power/efficiency robbing transmission is then part of the scrap heap of Bad Automotive Design history.

    Nevermind the 10 or 15% extra gain over + above all that which you’d get with Regenerative-Braking and a fully functional Buck-Boost-Converter with ONE MILLION CHARGE/DISCHARGE LIFESPAN ‘mil-spec’ Maxwell Corporation Ultra-Capacitors.

    Please tell me your thoughts on making a new ultra-efficient & very high MPG mileage vehicle ……. one with a constant-RPM engine-generator that’s sized for maybe 15 or 20% above your AVERAGE Baseline Power Need? You’ll of course make sure that any probable contributions from the switched-reluctance-regenerative-braking-EV-motor are accounted for when deciding just how small this Eco-Fuel or Fuel-Cell Generator could be.

    If the torque is never routed through the tranny because the tranny is not there and is not required, then any old-technology efficiency losses do not exist. Again, Pulse-Width-Modulation electronic EV motor regulation is how this is done.

  6. Chris August 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Thank you for the information. For your information:

    I am a proud South African and very proud on the SA developed Joule electric car which is almost ready for production – if the makers can get the required funds. The car has been shown at both the Paris and Geneva motor shows and has been tested by CAR magazine in SA. It was designed by Keith Helvet, a South African who was chief designer at Jaguar and developed by a team consisting mostly of ex-military engineers.

    I used to work as an automotive engineer at the Nissan factory in South Africa, and also had my own company manufacturing small agricultural vehicles for the African market.

    While I currently work in the IT industry and am near retirement, I live about 40km of freeway distance from my office and believe it should be absolutely feasible to use an EV to travel to work and back – even if it does not have the latest technology. While am capable of designing and building a vehicle from the ground up, it will save time and money to convert a small car (or even a light sports car) to electric drive, while getting all the standard safety and convenience features ready to go.

    What I would like to see is a Bill of Materials of what this should take, so I can do some cost calculations as it applies to South Africa. Do you know of anybody in South Africa who is part of the EV conversion community?


  7. Fikre September 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    dear sir,
    thankyou very much for the information you gave me after visiting the website, I am highly motivated to try tochange a fuel car to electric car.

    I have decided to buy both DIY EV conversion guide documents (Les & Jane Oke’s and Gavin Shoebridge’s)

    But the problem I am facing right now is how to send the money can I give the money (in local currency) to one of my relatives family whose brother is leaving in USA so that he will give you the money in US dollar? as soon as you recieve the money you gave me the password so that I can download it .
    best regards,

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