How does someone get started in a Do It Yourself (DIY) electric car conversion project from their home garage? Many people are considering using an Electric Vehicle (EV) ever since the prices of gasoline shot through the roof. Sadly, to retrofit a car into an EV done by a professional workshop will set you back as much as $4000. The investment is out of range for most people. An alternative is to convert your car to EV by yourself at home. What do you need to initiate a DIY electric car modification project? This article will provide some useful information on the subject.
The idea of an EV conversion is to remove the internal combustion engine from the chassis of the car. All other associated components of the engine such as gas tank, fuel lines and radiator will also be removed. The propulsion for the car will be generated by an electric motor. The existing drive train such as the transmission, drive shafts and clutch system can still be used.
An electric motor generates torque by the process of Electric Induction. The power to the motor is supplied by a series of lead acid flood batteries stored on the car. The number of batteries required will depend of the power output of the motor and the overall weight of the car. The amount of force produced by the motor will be controlled by an amp regulator. The regulator acts as the accelerator paddle of the car.
If you are not well verse with cars, all the information above may not make any sense to you. DIY project may not work for you. What you can do is to outsource the retrofitting project to a mechanic friend. You should at least have some basic understanding on EV conversion process. This is to safe guard you from being billed for unnecessary parts. To gather the knowledge, you can purchase electric car conversion guides from the internet.