Electricity 4 Gas Chapter 1 Review – Finding Your Donor Vehicle

I am going to do something different that I have never done before. I am going to do reviews on 2 electric car conversion guides concurrently on this blog. It’s a bit crazy, but I enjoy writing the reviews.

The second electric car conversion manual that I bought was Peter Millward’s Electricity 4 Gas. As usual, I was searching for a comprehensive review of this e-book on the web but could not find any. Most reviews were very brief and general. I wanted more detailed information. I might as well write it myself.

Firstly, Electricity 4 Gas has 10 chapters. The first chapter covers the process of locating your donor car. According to Millward, a donor car is what you call a vehicle that you will strip out its internal combustion engine and make it run purely on electricity. There are 2 main points to consider when you are searching for a donor car. Are you using the car to carry passenger or are your using it to haul goods? If you are planning to carry goods, how much goods would you be carrying. This will determine whether the electric vehicle will fulfill your needs.

The second key point in this chapter of Electricity 4 Gas, the author stressed on one thing about the donor car. Get one with a manual transmission! According to Millward, a manual transmission is ideal for an electric car retrofitting because it can work under low RPM. Most electric motor will turn relatively slower compared to a gasoline driven engine. An automatic transmission on the other hand require constant spinning power from the engine to pump the transmission fluid. Not so practical with an electric motor.

If you are planning to start your own electric car conversion project, you need to choose a donor car carefully. You have to consider your available budget. Peter Millward of Electricity 4 Gas has also recommended some car trading sites where you can get competitive donor car.