Electric Car Conversion Kits

Electric car conversion kits can make the conversion process as painless as possible.

I'm a real believer in paying a little extra for things that save me frustration and wasted time. Unless you adore mechanical stuff and have time on your hands, like my student friends, a conversion kit will make life a bit easier for you. Especially a good one with all the bits and bobs included. I hate having to stop in the middle of a job to drive to the hardware store in search of a bolt, or bracket, or something else I forgot to get at the beginning.

A good conversion kit looks after all that fiddly stuff for you, so you can just focus on the work at hand and get it done within a reasonable time frame.

Types of Electric Car Conversion Kits

Depending on your donor vehicle, you will need either a universal kit or a custom kit.

Custom kits are those that are available specifically for particular makes of cars. You've guessed it----these are the ones I like best and recommend for beginners. They make the job much simpler because everything is the right size, with the correct fittings and is tried and tested on your make of car already.

At the moment, custom kits are available only for the following makes:

  • Volkswagon Rabbit
  • Porche 914
  • Chevy S-10
  • Geo Metro

For all other cars you will need a universal conversion kit. Choose a kit that is suitable for the size and weight of your car.

When choosing, remember, the cheapest conversion kits are not the best. As I have said before, you get what you pay for and the money saved buying cheap is not necessarily worth the time and frustration your cheap choice may cause you later on.

The cheapest kits only have two ingredients--- a motor and a controller. Everything else, you have to get yourself. Which means you need to know what wiring to ask for, what brackets, what bolts......and on and on....

A deluxe kit comes with everything you need. All in one box. All at the same time and place. You pay your money and take it home. It's all there for you when you need each little bit.

Before buying, you need to decide whether you are going to go AC or DC. AC/DC are the two types of electrical current you have to choose between when converting your car to electricity...

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AC is Alternating Current. It gives better performance, but is more expensive and considerably more complicated to install.

The vast majority of conversions are done using a DC controller. DC is Direct Current (one-way). It does not provide the same driving range as an AC controller and cannot facilitate regenerative braking as AC does. (This uses your brakes to recharge the battery.)

If you would like maximum range, with regenerative braking, but are not too hot on electrical wiring, why not hire a mechanic to install the difficult bits for you, while you do the rest? It could be worth it in the long run.

Now you're all set with your electric car conversion kit. Time to move into your garage, roll up your sleeves and get stuck in....Good Luck! Drop me a line and let me know how it goes!

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