Electric cars are slowly gaining popularity, especially among environment-conscious individuals. These cars do not have gas emissions since they are powered by electric motors instead of gasoline engines. There are three ways to own an electric car. You can go out and buy one, build one from scratch, or convert your current gasoline fueled car into one powered by electricity. If you would like to make an electric car, we have a few suggestions:
1. Be ready with enough cash.
Firstly, you need to have a regular gasoline engine-powered car, preferably with a manual transmission. Add to that the costs of parts and labor, which could amount to a minimum of $5,000 and could increase up to $10,000 if you will be utilizing new parts.
2. Gather everything you will need for the conversion.
Designate a spacious and well-ventilated workshop for the purpose. Have the gasoline-run car ready. Decide on what amount of voltage your electric car will operate at. This is typically around 92 to 192 volts. Canvass for an electric motor and controller from electric forklift manufacturers. Choose from several types of lead-acid batteries, such as sealed batteries or golf cart batteries. The voltage you have previously set will determine the types of motor and controller and number of batteries to buy. Other materials needed are brackets, welding cable of #00 gauge and switches.
3. Set it up.
Take away the gasoline engine, its tank, clutch and exhaust system. Hook up the adapter plate to the transmission. Afterwards, attach the electric motor and then the controller using custom-made brackets. Next is to install the batteries with the use of brackets to keep them securely in place. Join the motor and batteries together to the controller using the welding cable. If your car has power steering, attach its pump to the electric motor. Additionally, hook up the air-conditioning compressor to the motor if your car has A/C. Install a vacuum pump to power the power brake booster, and mount a charging system for it. Have a water heater attached to the heater core. To charge the accessory batteries, hook up a DC-to-DC converter. Replace the regular gas gauge with a volt meter as well. Moreover, you will need to hook up a relay or contractor large enough to accommodate hundreds of amps, as this is what you will be using to turn the car on. Lastly, be sure to attach the ignition switch with the use of the welding cable so that all the newly-replaced parts are joined together and will turn on properly.
Converting a gasoline-powered car to electric is a worthy endeavor - it recycles an old car and helps reduce air pollution. Performing the conversion will put a big dent in your budget during the first stages, but with the way oil prices are increasing these days, you'll eventually be saving money.