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
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Electric Car Conversion 101 part 001
Converting a Dodge Neon to electric so you can too!
http://300mpg.org/projects/neon/ I you want a full step-by-step on how to
build an electric car, check out my instructional DVD at http://300MPG.org
006 Electric Car Conversion 101
Video 6 of converting a Dodge Neon into an electric car. In this video, Tom
points out how to remove the original gasoline engine.
forklift motor for electric car
Forklift motor for electric car spins the right direction for the first
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011 Electric Car Conversion: Freeway Test Drive
Tom and Ben go for a ride ON THE INTERSTATE in the Electric Dodge Neon
See http://300mpg.org/ for info on this and other electric car projects.
If you are interested in building your own entry level electric car, check
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:
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motorcycle and DIY Hybrid Pickup Truck.
Electric Starion - Electric Car Conversion - Part 2
It's been a long wait, but the Thundersky lithium 144v 160Ah batteries
finally arrived! Now we have to set about determining the best
configuration for the batteries in the engine bay and rear tank using info
from convertyourgasguzzler.com. A bit annoying the BMS modules haven't
arrived yet as a confirmation measurement of the height of these would help
in determining the battery rack height dimension. We could arrange the
engine bay battery racks as a typical square-finish configuration, or
perhaps angled around the motor for a cool effect, and then as Nathan
suggests place plastic clear Perspex sheets over the top for a neat finish,
and tinted perspex surrounding the Curtis terminals too perhaps - we want a
neat engine bay! Nathan mentioned someone who had Thunderskies mounted on
their edges (sides) but the efficiency was greatly deteriorated and
batteries leaked! I don't know if those were the LiCoO2 (we're using
LiFePO4), either way we'll install close to vertical anyway and a crude
animation is included to show possible mounting. Another 'fun' part in this
video was removing the dash so we could access the ventilation system box
and put in the heater core (I know, could have gone with a water micro
boiler unit but budget is getting tight; maybe later); biggish job but not
too hard for two people working on it (Stephanie did it once, alone, and it
was a pig of a job she said). I'll help Nathan get it back together later
as he moves on to the charging setup and we'll the need the BMS master unit
as well (which also hasn't arrived yet). The Curtis will have a water
cooling block underneath where all the FETs are positioned inside (and
block secured tight with thermal compound between surfaces) and maybe a fan
box on top, if there is room, but the water cooler alone should help keep
the thing under 75 degrees C (a Zilla would be better; can't get our hands
on one for now and they're expensive). The very crude animation of possible
engine bay layout will probably change as we decide the best location for
stuff (pwr steer/air con drive components and compressor, pump motor, hoses
etc) and final battery count front and back. The reservoir for water block
coolant may stay in its original place if the hose length is not too long
to be impractical. Slowly but surely we are getting somewhere now. Sorry
about the shaky camera, some of us have been sick with flu. Sorry about the
boobies too, but hot fiddling with cars ;-)
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?
DIY Electric Car: 02 Which Car?
In this video, we discuss how to choose a good car to convert to electric.
From the instructional DVD, BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR, available from
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