If you are good with hand tools, you may consider a Do It Your Self (DIY) electric car conversion project from your home garage. With the rise of gasoline prices around the country, stopping and refueling by the gas station is becoming a painful experience financially wise. Many car owners are exploring the idea of retrofitting their car to run on electric power. Unfortunately, it costs upward of $4000 to modify a car into an Electric Vehicle (EV) by a professional workshop. A better alternative is to take up the conversion project at home. How does someone convert their car into EV at home? This article will share the science of retrofitting your car to run purely on electric power to cut off gasoline expense cost.
An electric vehicle is actually quite a simple design. Imagine an electric golf cart at the green. It is noiseless, efficient and has zero emission. To convert a car into an EV, the idea is to remove the internal combustion engine and replace it with an electric motor. By taking out the motor, you would have to remove the gas tank, the fuel lines and also the radiator. This will make room for you to install the batteries. These batteries will supply the electric power to the motor. To control the speed of the motor, an amp regulator is installed to the system. The regulator is used to control the speed of the car. That is the basic setup of an EV.
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 retrofitting process to a friend who has some car maintenance skills. To be safe, you should have some basic understanding on electric car conversion so you will know when you are charged for unnecessary parts. To gather these information, there are many conversion guides that you can purchase from the web.