I decided to test my Electric Motor to see if it would spin the wheels of the car once I had it all together. I made a bus bar out of copper tubing and then drilled holes in it and bolted it on. Next I attached my jumper battery to the correct terminals on the engine and put the car in 2nd gear. To my surprise.....the wheels went in the right direction!!! Yeah!!!
forklift motor for electric car
Forklift motor for electric car spins the right direction for the first
Learn how to build your own at:
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?
Cool Electric Car
Lightening GT. 0-60 in 4 seconds makes it the fastest electric production
car in the world...
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 ;-)
EV motor controller
I wanted to show you how I decided to mount my controller in the electric
car I'm putting together . J.W. :)
Free Energy - How to power your Electric Car: Fuelless Generator - On board charger
How to power your electric car.
Here's the solution to the worldwide energy problem. All future Electric
Vehicles will be equipped with this device and be able to sell electricity
to the "charging stations". There are no moving parts in this self-starting
device. To the engineers en designers: where have you been all the time?
Leaders / politicians: how limited is your horizon? Even If you don't
understand how, you can see it works.
An ALTERNATIVE solution to the energy problem in general and already being
in commercialisation, is the EBM Power Plant; working without permanent
magnets, so you can't say it will run out of magnetic flux.
Below: a text from Professor L.I. SzabĂł.
"The self-reliant EBM plant uses its own self-generated electromagnetic
fuel. This technology is non-nuclear, 100 % environment friendly with zero
"We are routinely producing with our EBM Power Plants several kilowatts
well over unity without any pollution and emissions whatsoever!"
"One of these 10-megawatt units will heat 280 houses and air-condition
them, plus you have cheap power, guaranteed at six cents."
"All that EBM needs to start it is a small motor or engine that produces
torque (2.5% - 5% of rated output, depending on how quickly you want to
start it up). If you're out where there's no power at all, you go to a
local farmer and get a John Deere, hook on to it and start it up.
Initially, it rotates the EBM drive unit, and it achieves operating speed.
Its unique geometry allows extra shaft power to be produced as the rotor is
rotated through the magnetic field. The shaft power is converted to
electricity via a synchronous generator attached to the shaft of the EBM
unit. A small quantity of the electricity is then fed back into the EBM
unit to continue the rotation. The excess power produced can then be used
or sold for profit. In other words, when we sell a 10-megawatt unit, it is
actually producing 15-megawatts -- it will be the 15-megawatt generator. It
will take between one and ten percent of the rated capacity (depending on
size) back to drive the EBM motor, giving you 10 megawatts to feed into the
grid 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The idea is to keep the flux
Electric Car Conversion
Reverend Gadget of Left Coast Electric converts a Triumph Spitfire to a
battery electric car
New Electric Cars Are Better
Just showing off some of the cool new electric cars and putting to rest
some of the myths out there. When people think of electric cars, typically
they think of older ugly slower models, lead-acid batterys, and BS
propaganda they've read slamming the "electric cars"(as though they all
carried the exact same attributes)
The battery technology has changed(and will change even more when nanowire
battery becomes common), the speeds have changed, the climate versatility
has changed, the prices are changing, the car companies are changing...
everything is changing for the better. I expect to see a lot more support
for EV's during and after 2010.
Music, San Francisco, by:
The McLaren P1 Test. On Road and Track - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
Chris Harris drives the new $1.2 million McLaren P1 at the Yas Marina Grand
Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi UAE. Before taking to the track at night, Chris
Harris chats with Chris Goodwin, the Chief Test Driver for McLaren
Automotive to discuss the technology of McLaren's latest offering, perhaps
the definition of the modern day hypercar.
Fair warning, the McLaren Chris Harris drives in this video is the XP7, the
pre-production prototype for P1. The car has had a long life over the past
15 months, driving around the world and clocking over 40,000 hard miles.
#2) Project Forkenswift electric car: 1st CONTROLLED powerup
http://www.ForkenSwift.com - Here's the Forkenswift's motor being spun up
(and down, and up, and down) with a used golf cart controller. (Thanks to
the EVDL folks for help with connecting the oddball Curtis.)
Apologies for the poor vid quality - this was shot with a 20 year-old
Titles are hard to read in some places, so here they are:
1. Another Forkenswift milestone...
2. First CONTROLLED electric power-up
3. No more welded jumper cables, like last time...
4. This time we're hooked up to a DC motor controller
5. From a 48 volt golf cart :-)
6. We've got more juice this time, too
7. 36 volts -- three 12v batteries
8. And, last but not least,a potentiometer ...
9. (What is it about motors that makes people want to rev them?)
10. Here's the actual potentiometer we'll connect to the car's "gas" pedal.
11. Out of the old Baker forklift.
12. We also have the forklift's motor controller.
13. But we're going to try the golf cart controller first.
14. Tee-off time is approaching ...
Project ForkenSwift is an electric car conversion made using parts from a
Suzuki Swift, Geo Metro, Baker electric forklift and a golf cart.