As we pass through years technology is growing enourmously, now we are in a hybrid and electric cars world. Nowadays environmental vehicles which are good mileage cars, really popular. Especially hybrid and electric cars are the car types that we most talked about. Well there are some electric car kits to build that you can make your diy electric car from your old or with a car that you would buy from junkyard.
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What is an electric car conversion kit? Is it available in market?
An electric car conversion kit is a combination of different parts of electric components that a car needs to move on with electricity. Like a DC motor, battery charger, motor controller, DC to DC converter, throttle, vacuum pump etc.
Nowadays it is really common to find these ev conversion kits for sale because when you search over google there are lots of merchandisers and also you can even find one at alibaba.com. There are lots of varieties and custom build electric conversion kits so you have to search carefully in order to select the best one for your electric car project.
These conversion kits can be applied to many car brands
I have seen many cars converted into a electric vehicle but most popular among these is VW Beetle. Because it is an old car and very cheap to try a conversion project at your garage. Also its working principle and engine part is not complicated as modern-days cars. You may find suitable parts for BMW 5 and 3 series, Z3/Z4, some Chevy and Ford models, Mazda, Toyota, Subaru even for Porsche, Jaguar or Lotus Esprit!
Maybe you can skip the DIY electric car conversion project and buy an already installed model for those. They are also sold over internet or with local dealers according to your needs.
You have to search carefully for the suitable kit for your project as there are many types and different car modifications. First you have decide which car brand or model to apply this conversion into, next search for available kits over internet.
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Types of electric car conversion kits
There are different types of packages or kits depending on your needs. So it is hard to explain in here deeply. Because every brand or company has different customized kits, that differs from brand to brand, model to model or performance that you expect from your electric car. The parts or kits that you are considering, has different types of electric car conversion motors, as these are the most important parts of cars, that their size varies from 7″ to 11″ size and different AMPs according to power, speed and acceleration. Also there are different volt values for engines, this affects the HP of the motor. For ex if you have a BMW and you want to convert it into a performance, pollution-frdiyee, environment and a best mileage car, then you have to spend more for a better kit with a 11″ electric motor that can produce over 100HP power. As you can see, it is a really hard point to select the right parts so it is better to consult to a dealer or if you don’t want to get involved in DIY process you can easily pick one already installed car.
Power and range of cars converted to electric with kits
We already know that this is one of the questions that somene has in mind, because electric cars have some disadvantages like range and HP. As i stated above, there are different types of kits, so it differs from electric motor to another. Simple electric motors in these kits are usually rated between 3.5 to 28 horsepower but don’t worry it is not the actual power when compared to the conventional gas engines. Because the rating system used for gas engines and electric motors are completely different so these numbers don’t make any sense. Gas engines are rated at their peak horsepower but electric motors are rated at their continuous hp so the difference comes from here. When you try to rate the peak hp of an electric motor, it will approximately 8-10 times of its continuos rating. If a electric motor has 30hp then it is going to perform like a 50-75 HP gas engine on a same weighted vehicle. Also some serious good electric motors are known with higher torques with great acceleration or even without a clutch. You can even build a race car with a perfect engine and suitable parts with around 200+ HP. So when you consider buying an electric car conversion kit, choose your electric motor part very carefully. Because it is the most important part that will effect your car’s overall performance and comfort.
As most of the electric cars’ disadvantage, these kits have cons about range. You can have a great power with a good choice of components but when it comes to range it lacks. As my research over internet i found that with these kits installed on a car can only go around 40-80 miles per charge. In fact if you install and carry more batteries with your car the range will more this time the weight will increase so performance will be lower.
So selecting the right parts for your homemade electric car is really essential and it changes with your needs.
How much will electric car conversion kit cost?
Electric car conversion cost depends on which ev conversion kits and parts you will choose. But to speak generally, prices range from 3500$ to 13.000$ if you want to convert your Porsche into an electric powered car 🙂
High quality, with higher HP rated motors and quality parts of course will cost more but it will be a wise choice if you want to use for DIY electric converted car for years.
For ex, to convert a VW Beetle into a quiet green car with high torque, you will need around 3500$ – 4000$ for the kits and ask for the installation price and other options.
How to install an electric car conversion kit?
It will be very hard for me to explain an installation of an electric car conversion kit, so here is a youtube video i found, showing how to do it:
Here is 1963 VW electric car conversion kit installed Beetle. Review, explanation and driving experience of VW Beetle electric:
Also i have found an ebook that might be useful for you to convert your gas car into an electric car:
Just check the ebooks about how to convert your car into an electric car guides above. I think these are the best guides found over the internet. Click on them and see if they work for you or not.
There are some local electric vehicle specialists that you can find and even have your car converted into an electric car. You have three options, either if you have super knowledge about engines and cars you can do it yourself or buy an electric motor pre installed car or there are some custom electric cars for sale over internet or local market.
I just wanted to give an overall information about how to build homemade electric cars with electric car conversion kits and i know there are lots of experts out there reading this article. If you would like to contribute to this article please contact me, so i can add more information about this topic and give better information. You may have suggestions or questions about electric car conversion kit, please comment below and i am requesting experts in this subject to contribute, also don’t forget to share this article with your friends.