ELECTRIC CAR - Part 1
It isn't really a complicated process to do an electric car conversion, but
you will need to obtain certain specialized parts.
You will need: an electric motor, deep cycle batteries, a controller, a
battery charger, an adaptor kit, and various other small parts.
But first, you are going to need a vehicle that you can do your electric
car conversion with. Any vehicle can be used for this project, but some
work better than others.
Heading the list are small cars and trucks, as they are light and strong.
Your first consideration as shown in the detailed plans is to find the
lightest vehicle that will still do the job of hauling you and whatever
cargo you carry around.
Next, you will want a large DC motor that will produce power for your
electric car. The larger the motor, the more power your electric car will
Don't worry that it will be slow either. Many people have the wrong
impression of electric cars; they accelerate as fast as any vehicle on the
road and travel at least 50 mph.
What about batteries?
You will need to locate about 16-20 deep cycle batteries for your car as
well. The plans outline sources of batteries, even free batteries that you
can find with a little effort. The same source will probably have free DC
It's just a matter of asking.
Why do you need this many batteries? In order to achieve a range of up to
100 miles on a single charge.
A controller is needed to fix the amount of current flowing from the
batteries to the motor which determines how fast you go. The controller is
connected to your old gas pedal linkage for smooth control of the vehicle.
In order to charge your batteries between trips, you will need an on-board
battery charger. That way you can just plug it into any common AC circuit
and get charged up again.
Doesn't this sound like fun?
Isn't it time you got started on your own conversion project?
Kaylor Kit Electric Motor Demo
This is a video of our demo flick for our Kaylor Electric Conversion Kit
for the older VW platform. This is an older style Starter/Generator
Military Shunt DC motor with a custom made adaptor plate and flywheel from
Kaylor Energy Systems. These are no longer being made but can still be
found. We are testing a modern PWM electronic controller specifically
designed to run these special motor. They are able to do regen too. This
motor can push a stock steel bodied VW Ghia to 62 mph with 12 6 volt
batteries. It is a 72 volt system. It works perfect. Perfect for a nice fun
all electric buggy. Or Bug or Ghia.
Dual Motor Electric Vehicle Drivetrain With Powerglide 2 Speed Transmission Walkthrough by EV West
Here's a brief 10 minute video that gives a nice overview of the EV West 2
speed Powerglide transmission that runs without a torque converter direct
drive to 2 coupled Warp 11 motors. Depending on the voltage and current,
these twin motors can put out well over 1000 lb/ft of torque, and 600+ horsepower. We used
this motor and transmission combination to power our BMW M3 to the summit
of Pikes Peak in 2012 setting an all time record for street legal electric
cars. The strength and reliability of this system is key. For more
information regarding this bolt in drive train, please visit
http://evwest.com for the latest updates.
DIY Electric Car: 04A DC Motor Basics, Part 1
Showing how to build your own electric car. In this segment, we take a look
at the basics of how DC motors work. This video is an excerpt from the
instructional DVD "BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR", available from
To see other videos from this project, please click the playlist at:
Small Budget Honda Accord Electric Conversion
http://www.useafuel.com - This video shows the DIY simple conversion of a
1990 Honda Accord from gas to electric. It's pretty simple. Remove the
gas motor, install new electric forklift motor, batteries, and motor
controller. After that, charge from any outlet and enjoy.
DIY Electric Car: 04B DC Motor Basics, Part 2
Showing how to build an electric car, we continue looking at how a DC motor
This is an excerpt from BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR, an instructional DVD
available from 300MPG.org:
Please visit my blog to learn about other projects, including the electric
motorcycle and DIY Hybrid Pickup Truck.
80+ mph Electric Truck Conversion Part 1
http://www.useafuel.com - Converting a gas powered 93 Mazda pickup to a
100% electric vehicle. This is a freeway capable conversion kit with
speeds of 80+ mph. Part 1 shows all of the steps taken to remove old and
install new components.
WORLDS FASTEST street legal ELECTRIC CAR
Learn about EV technology: http://www.electric-vehiclenews.com/
Worlds fastest street legal ELECTRIC CAR 1972 Datsun 1200 Whtie Zombie.
This car is based in Oregon... there are something like 18 hydro electric
power plants in that state! Hydro generation accounts for 58% of all
electricity in Oregon (Over 70% in Washington) and coal accounts for less
Only about 15% of the energy from the fuel you put in your tank gets used
to move your car down the road or run useful accessories, such as air
conditioning. The rest of the energy is lost to engine and driveline
inefficiencies and idling. Therefore, the potential to improve fuel
efficiency with advanced technologies is enormous. With an Electric Car it
costs just $1.00 per 100kms with MUCH more performance than with petrol at
$20.00 per 100kms.
EVs use between 1/6th and 1/10th the energy of a comparable ICE powered
Datsun 1200 EV Specs:
- Motor - Hi Torque Electric 'Siamese 8' Series Wound DC Dual Armature 8
- Controller - Zilla Z2K EHV 2000 Amp
- Battery - 60x 16 Ah Hawker Enersys 'Genesis' Lead-Acid 360 Volts
- Final Drive ratio - 4.11 : 1
- Weight - 2,450 Pounds (1,113 Kilograms)
70000 watt electric go-kart
Very powerfull go-kart with 400X A123 systems lithium cells, zilla Z1-K
1000amps 300volts DC controller and heavy duty forklift motor. 70 KW output
limited. 12.3 sec 1/4 mile. 160km/h top speed.
Electro-Metro Extended first test drive, part 1
Learn what makes a home-brew electric car run on the extended version of
its first test drive - part 1 of 2
For information on wiring diagrams or how motor controllers work, see
either Curtis or Alltrax instruction manuals.