If you’re good with hand tools, you might consider a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) electric car conversion project from your home garage. With gas prices rising across the country, stopping and refueling at the gas station is becoming a financially painful experience. Many car owners are exploring the idea of retrofitting their car to run on electric power. Unfortunately, it costs more than $4,000 to modify a car into an electric vehicle (EV) at a professional shop. A better alternative is to undertake the conversion project at home. How does someone convert their car to EV at home? This article will share the science of retrofitting your car to run solely on electric power to lower the cost of gas expenses.
An electric vehicle is actually a fairly simple design. Imagine an electric golf cart on the green. It is quiet, efficient and has zero emissions. To convert a car to an EV, the idea is to remove the internal combustion engine and replace it with an electric motor. When removing the engine you would have to remove the gas tank, fuel lines and also the radiator. This will leave you room to install the batteries. These batteries will supply the electrical power to the motor. To control the speed of the motor, an amp regulator is installed in the system. The governor is used to control the speed of the car. That is the basic configuration of an electric vehicle.
If you are not familiar with cars, the above information may not make any sense to you. In this case, you would have to outsource the upgrade process to a friend who has some car maintenance skills. To be safe, you need to have some basic knowledge of electric car conversion to know when you are being charged for unnecessary parts. To collect this information, there are many conversion guides that you can buy on the web.