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Yes, it's quite feasible to know how to build your own electric car. Why would you want to? Well, just ask any of those DIY EV converters who are silently gliding past busy busy gas stations with big grins on their faces. You drive for pennies while others see increasing amounts of dollar bills pouring into their gas tank, only to come out in a puff of exhaust fumes. Fuel up at home. Plug it in while you sleep! It is not really expensive to convert a car to electric and it can be done in a few weekends if you're handy and have the required gear - or a little mechanical help! Homemade electric cars contribute to "saving the planet" by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And yes, of course that depends on the source of power your electricity company uses to produce electricity. But you can always look for an electricity supplier that uses renewable energy, like wind or solar to generate electricity. That's some of the benefits out of the way. Now more about how to build your own electric car. Choose the right car to convert. It really depends on your purpose for this car. Commuting? Taking kids to school? Entertainment? Hauling stuff? Believe it or not, but a Porsche 914 is a terrific car to convert to EV but can you afford to? Really any car under ten years old, which is as light-weight as possible and plenty of room for batteries is good. People have converted VWs, Audis, Nissans, Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Mazdas, Subarus,Hondas, Fiats and Fords. And so on... In a very small nutshell; Essentially you remove the donor car's engine gas tank, exhaust, and clutch. Next you install the electric motor and controller and wire these to the batteries. Then there is quite a bit of "detail" in between to take care of including a reduction gear, mounting and wiring electric motors for any power steering and air conditioning, and much much more.

Sounds easy? No, it isn't quite that easy! You need a decent set of step-by-step instructions to work your way towards your own electric car. Getting a heart for your frame, the electric motor Converted electric cars usually use something between 96 volts and 192 volts. Once that is decided you can choose the right motor and controller. Most commonly used by EV convertors are DC-wound. Which batteries? There are five types of batteries that are used in EV conversions. Flooded acid lead batteries are by far the most common. VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries, gel cell batteries, nickel-cadmium batteries and lithium-based batteries are also used. Each has pros and cons. Any decent electric vehicle conversion plan will lead you to the one best suited to your project. What does it cost? You can build an electric vehicle for under $1,000 with a forklift electric motor, 8 six volt batteries and a golfcart controller but you won't go very far in it, nor very fast! Depending on the cost of donor car and required repair work to it, of batteries, adapter plate, motor, controller and wiring, the average lies between $5,000 and $12,000. Of course I don't need to tell you that you should sell your donor car's engine, fuel tank and any gear box. Not needed in an EV. More money saved. You don't know how to build your own electric car from this one article but you do now know it is certainly possible. 

Dr Erik Leipoldt has long been concerned about the effects of global warming. In particular he uses human experience of dependence in practical approaches towards alternate energy sources to survive and thrive in our environmentally disabled world. See

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==== ==== The #1 Secret Electric Car Vendors Don't Want you to Know! ==== ====

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