EV Conversion – Heating Your DIY Electric Car

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EV Conversion – Heating Your DIY Electric Car

Keeping Your Homemade Electric Car Warm

When you are converting a gasoline driven car to run on electricity, there are a few electrical accessories in your car that you may not get to use. If you are using a vehicle during cold winter months, you’ll want a heater to keep you warm. Unless you don’t mind wear thick clothing every time you get into your car.

When you are starting your Do It Yourself electric car conversion project, you have to get a donor car. Some times, due to the condition of the donor car, it may not have a heater or the heater in simply broken. How do you replace the heater with minimum cost? You can install one yourself by using the heating element of an ordinary room heater.

Watch the video below. Gavin Shoebridge of New Zealand modified a room heater that he bought from an appliance shop to be used on his electric car. What Gavin did was to remove the heating element and attached it to the existing water heater core in the air condition unit.

It’s a straight forward and simple process. Just cut a hole on the core, insert the heating element, seal it with some high temperature gasket sealant, hook it up to the power source and you will have a heater for your home made electric car.



Converting a conventional car to EV can be fun and rewarding. If you would like to find out how to get started on your own EV conversion, you can download a preview copy of Les Oke’s Convert 2 EV e-book.

Les Oke’s has been driving and converting electric cars for more than 20 years. Convert 2 EV is a manual he written for EV novices. Just enter your name and email address in the form on upper right of this blog and you can download the e-book immediate.

By | 2012-08-16T16:13:04+00:00 July 3rd, 2009|New Zealand|1 Comment

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  1. Mike December 11, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Nervous about putting a ceramic heater inside your dash? Tired of being cold in the winter in your EV. Or having to hold your ceramic heater up to the windshield to defrost it?

    The Electric Car Company of Utah now offers an inline water heater that uses the vehicles existing liquid heating hoses and climate controls. For $335, it’s simple to install and natural to use. You’ll find the EV heats up as warm as an ICE vehicle.

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