homemade electric car conversion
homemade electric car conversion of an audi that convert to run with electric engine instead of fuel engine and batteries instead of fuel tank!
Homemade car - test drive
Homemade car- First test drive after the following:
Completely new steering system
Dual front drum brakes (not hooked up yet)
Almost a complete replacement of some of the frame, engine mount, throttle and brake pedals, axle, and wheel hubs.
Please note this is, of course, not the finished product and, in the future, will be receiving body panels, a door, and a windshield in the style of an early cyclecar.
How-to Convert to Electric Series Part 1
First in a series of videos detailing how to convert your vehicle from gasoline to electric. Series features a 1974 VW Karmann Ghia and other conversions by EV4U Custom Conversions.
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 have.
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 motors too.
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?
Homemade car - First drive with bodywork
First drive of my homemade car with it's sheet steel body panels attached. They are not completely finished yet, though. The car will need rubber edge trim on the sheet's sharp edges to protect from cuts, a windshield, and a nice paint job to be considered complete.
196cc Harbor Freight Greyhound engine (6.5 HP)
6:1 chain drive gear ratio with centrifugal clutch
One wheel drive, 20" bicycle wheels
Dual front drum brakes
Behind the scenes of building an electric car - The journey
Follow us on a journey of the successes and dissapointments that were tse_10.
Team Swinburne Electric 2010, AKA tse_10, was the first year a group of Swinburne engineering students endevoured to develop and build an Electric Vehicle for the Formula SAE competition. The team hit trouble when they blew up their motor controller, just over a week before the competition. The team then borrowed another motor controller which also ended up blowing. The team then borrowed ANOTHER motor controller, to which they had some success, until the night before the competition, when it also blew up. In total the team blew up 3x $4,000 controllers, 6 times (after repairs). It is thought that the motor is faulty and is causing the issues.
Final Year Members:
Non Final Year Members:
Jacob Vu Tran
ATA and MEVIG
Warning: Although edited, this is behind the scenes footage and may contain some course language and/or offensive behaviour.
Electric Car Conversion Motor Installation
Interested in building your own electric car or how about converting your gas-guzzler into a 100-mile per gallon equivalent (referred to as MPGE) electric? Watch as John and Xander install an electric motor in a dune buggy. John also explains about adapter plates and motor couplings. For more information please visit: ElectricCarConversions.biz
GO GREEN Electric VW Bug Rebirthauto 96Volt Kit #001 in car
Vehicle1975 Volkswagen Beetle
MotorD&D Motor Systems, Inc. ES-31B DC Series Wound DC
ControllerKelly KDH12600 Controller Assembly 120VDC 600A
Batteries8 gpl-3100t , 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
LifeLine Size 31T Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Sealed Battery #gpl-3100t
System Voltage96 Volts
Kelly Controller 110VAC by 96VDC AGM Battery Charger
Kelly Controller 96VDC to 12VDC Converter
Top Speed65 MPH (104 KPH)
Range30 Miles (48 Kilometers)