Volkswagen Beetle Electric Car Conversion

Most people are intrigued with the idea of driving a pure electric car. Many are not sure on the handling and performance of an electric vehicle. For the time being, buying a new electric car from the manufacturer is still quite expensive. Without economy of scale, the price of brand new EV is beyond the reach of many car owners. The best alternative is to convert a gasoline driven car to run on electric power. Many electric car enthusiasts are are doing a Do It Yourself (DIY) electric car conversion from their home garage.

One of the most popular donor car for a homemade EV conversion project is an old Volkswagen VW Beetle. Old VW Bugs are generally inexpensive and can be obtained easily. To save cost, try to get a Beetle that is busted beyond repair. With a faulty Beetle, you can always negotiate a lower price from the buyer.

The idea of converting a VW Bug to electric is quite simple. The work involve the removal of the internal combustion engine (ICE) and replacing it with a DC electric motor. Since the engine is take out, all its associated components such as gas tank, fuel lines, fuel pumps, exhaust pipe and radiator are redundant and to be removed as well. To generate force, the electric motor is connected directly to the existing transmission unit.

Driving a Beetle electric car can save you a lot of money. However, if you are not familiar with automotive parts, it is not recommended to do your own EV conversion. In this case, it would be better if you were to outsource the conversion work to a professional mechanic. If you are interested to convert your own Bug, check out the VW Beetle electric car conversion guides.

Does Electricity 4 Gas Work for Electric Car Conversion?

Some people may be wandering if Peter Millward’s Electricity 4 Gas works for electric car conversion project? Before I answer that question, there are a few things we have to understand about the process of owning an electric vehicle (EV). There are a few ways you can get your hands on an EV. If you have the money to spend, you can buy a new electric car from the manufacturers. If you are cash strapped, your other option is to convert your existing gasoline driven car to electric.

There are 2 ways how you can retrofit your car to electric. You can either send it to a professional mechanic or you can Do It Yourself (DIY). If you are sending it to a mechanic, you will still have to invest money but not as much as buying a new EV. The cheapest method would be to convert your car to electric on your own at home. However, not everyone has the skill and know how to remove an internal combustion engine and replace it with an electric motor. There are a lot of planning and machining work to be done. Since most of the parts are not available off the shelves, so you have to custom made them. The best option to own an electric car is to outsource the conversion process.

If you are the group of people who are going to outsource the EV work, then Electricity 4 Gas would be very useful. The information in the manual is very preliminary and basic. It does not cover any technical detail info. Nonetheless, after reading the e-book, you will know how an EV works and what are the key components. These knowledge are important so you will have an intelligent conversion with the mechanic. The knowledge will also help you to be more prudent and at least you will know when you are being charged for unnecessary parts or work done on your car.

Electric Car Build From Home Garage

It is possible to have an electric car build from our home garage? To do so, it is pretty much depend on you. To convert a gasoline driven car to electric at home is not a simple process. It will involve a lot of preliminary planning and you have to commit some time to get it done.

Many people like to idea of using an electric vehicle to commute. For the time being, a new car from electric car manufacturers is still relatively expensive. It is understandable some would want to convert their car to run purely on electric on their own. Most would star by reading electric car conversion guides. There is some prerequisite to start a Do It Yourself (DIY) electric car build from home. Firstly, you must have well versed knowledge on automotive engineering.

EV conversion is like doing heart operation to your vehicle. You are literally taking out the heart of the car which is the internal combustion engine and replacing it with an electric motor. It is no simple task. Further more, the process of connecting the electric motor to the transmission is very tricky. To join the 2 components together, you can either custom made the joining plate or purchase an expensive ready made one. The message here is…you have to know your stuff before you start building your own electric car. Not knowing what you’re doing will lead to frustration and time wasting. At the end of the day, you won’t have your EV, worst still, you won’t be able to drive your gas guzzler either.

If you really want an electric car build from home, it is a good idea to start with some electric vehicle knowledge. You can get review of electric car conversion guides here.

How to Make Your Own Electric Car

How do you make your own electric car? A lot of people have been asking that question including myself. In the mid of 2008, we have seen the effect of rising global crude oil prices. Global oil prices skyrocketed to almost US150 per barrel. Stopping by the gasoline station to refuel was a very painful ordeal for myself and I bet for many people too. I have thought of converting my gasoline driven car to run on electricity. Since a brand new electric car is not available where I live, my alternative is to build one myself. But how do I make my own electric car?

I started off doing some research on Do It Yourself (DIY) electric car conversion. I realized there is a lot of work to be done. I doubt I would have the skill, the tools, the know how nor the time to retrofit my car to electric myself. Most probably, in order for me to own an electric car, I would have to outsource the retrofitting process to a professional mechanic.

Outsourcing my electric car conversion doesn’t mean there’s nothing I can do. What I can do is to make sure the work in done within my budget. To do so, I have to read up on the science of an electric car and its associated parts and components. There are numerous book at the book store and on the web about electric car conversion. Some are quite basic while other covers the technical details. The main point is for me to be prudent. At least I want to know when I am being charged for unnecessary parts of work done on my car. Check out these electric car conversion guides comparison for your own copy of the book.

Find Cheap Batteries with Convert 2 EV

In this blog post, I am going to review Convert 2 EV Chapter 4. This chapter focuses on the batteries. Batteries are the heart of the electric vehicle. Since the internal combustion engine is gone, all its associated components such as radiator, exhaust pipe, gas tank and fuel distribution lines are removed as well. Where do we get power for the electric motor? From the batteries!

Batteries are used to store DC electricity during your daily charging cycle for use at a future time. According to Les Oke, choosing the batteries are a very critical decision for an electric car conversion project. Apart from the electric motor, batteries will take up a big portion of your retrofitting budget. When looking for batteries, the author suggested for you to consider the price, weight, and amp hours of performance.

Where do we source for cheap used or reconditioned batteries. Based of Les’s experience, he suggested 2 location…the golf course and industrial area. Les gave a very lengthy explanation on how you can go about securing these batteries. There is a certain skill involved. It will take some time to do so, but in the end it is worth it because you will be saving a tonne of money.

How many batteries do you need for an average electric car? Depending on the car, you will need approximately 20 units. All these batteries need to be charged. To do this, you will need a battery charge for your electric car. Luckily, Convert 2 EV Chapter 4 provides multiple links where you can find competitive charger.

When working with batteries, safety always come first. Getting electrocuted from 1 battery may not cause too much damaged. Imagine getting electrocuted from 20 batteries, it will ruin your day. Spend some time to source for cheap batteries for your electric donor car. Check out my Convert 2 EV review on donor car for your electric conversion project.

Understanding Controller for Electric Motor with Convert 2 EV

Chapter 3 of Convert 2 EV e-book by Les and Jane Oke covers the subject of the Electric Motor Controller. Why do we need a controller? Basically, the controller acts like the accelerator paddle for a gasoline driven car. We want to have the ability to control the speed of our electric vehicle. That is what the controller does. It controls the amount of voltage delivered to the electric motor.

In my Convert 2 EV review of Chapter 3, the author show you how to select the right controller for your electric car conversion project. There are 3 points suggested by the author. How you select a controller will depend on how you drive, the size of the electric motor and the size of your battery storage.

Want to know how fast your electric car can go? According to Convert 2 EV, it can go as fast as 60, 75 or even 100 mph. Most of the speed will boil down to the controller. If you are planning to start your own Do It Yourself (DIY) electric car conversion project, it is really important for you to understand the technical aspects of a controller. A small controller would not be able to deliver enough torque to the transmission. Too much torque and the electric motor will drain the battery quickly. Again, the key here it to find a balance.

When initiating an electric car retrofitting project, make sure you choose the right controller with Convert 2 EV manual.

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.

Convert 2 EV Chapter 2 – Where to Find Cheap Electric Motor

The last post I did was Convert 2 EV Chapter 1 Review. The amazing thing is, that particular post was indexed by Google in less than 1 hour! That is pretty amazing if you ever launched your own website. Sometimes Google will take a few weeks to index your page. But that’s enough of my rambling, back to the post.

This post will cover Convert 2 EV Chapter 2. This chapter is call “Electric Motor, Where to Find Them”. One of the main component of an electric car is the electric motor. It is the heart of the vehicle and from my understanding, it is also one of the most expensive part in an electric car conversion project. I think it is great the author of the book shows you how and where to find cheap or reconditioned electric motor.

In this chapter, Les Oke started off with explaining the differences between an AC motor versus a DC motor. He recommends using a DC motor for your electric car because it is cheaper and easier to work with. The place where you can find cheap DC electric motor is EBay.com. It is not surprising why Les recommends to search in EBay to find cheap motor since there are so many people offloading their used stuff.

There is one important information that you must know. What type of DC electric motor to look for in EBay? Luckily in this chapter, he actually recommends the attributes of an electric motor that you must take into consideration such as RPM, shaft size, amp and voltage when looking for an electric motor.  You want to make sure that you do not choose a DC electric motor which is too large because it will swiftly drain the power from the batteries. Then again, you do not want a motor which is too small either. The key here is balance.

If you are thinking of sourcing for an electric motor for your electric car conversion project, the information highlighted in Convert 2 EV Chapter 2 will show you the ideal specification.

Convert 2 EV Chapter 1 Review

In this post, I am going to write about Chapter One of Convert 2 EV e-book by Les and Jane Oke. The first chapter is call “Finding A Vehicle to Convert”.

If anyone who is planning to convert a car to electric, it is obvious that you must have a car for the retrofitting process. This is quite an important step because if you were to choose the wrong type of car, the conversion process may not work. Worst still, you may end up endangering yourself driving on the road.

What the author recommends is to decide what you want the car to do for you. Do you want it to carry passenger or cargo? If cargo, how much cargo do you want to carry? It is recommended for you to get a smaller car because it is light weight and can get you better mileage per charge. It is basic science, the lighter the body, the less power you will need to propel it forward.

The next key point in this chapter is “Use a manual transmission vehicle”. I think this is important because is was highlighted in BOLD. A vehicle with an automatic transmission would not work properly on an EV because it will need the internal combustion engine to be running constantly. Constant power is required to pump transmission fluid to make the transmission work. An electric motor on an EV will stop turning when the electric vehicle is at rest. Hence automatic transmission is no good.

There are a few more points in this chapter of Convert 2 EV. But I don’t think I will cover it all because it will make this post rather lengthy. If you want to get more information on the e-book, click the link below to go to Convert 2 EV main page.

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Convert 2 EV Review

It has been 3 months since I started this blog. The great thing is, on 31st December 2008, this DIY Home Built Electric Car Blog has received a PageRank 1. If you are not familiar with PageRank (PR), it’s okay. PR is what Google gives to web pages on the web on relevancy and relative importance.

Back to my topic for this blog post. Convert 2 EV is one of the e-book I’ve bought back in October 2008 when I was doing my research on DIY electric car conversion. It is a product distributed through Clickbank and I have been promoting it since as an affiliate.

In this Convert 2 EV category, I will write a detailed review of the e-book. Here goes. Convert 2 EV is written by a couple call Les and Jane Oke. I am not sure if they are real person. Most probably they might be fictional authors as part of the marketing strategy to sell the book. To me, it does not matter who wrote the book, what I want is the message and not the messenger.

The book consist of a total of Ten Chapters. I have to admit. The book is pretty amateurish. Meaning it doesn’t give you a lot of technical information. Then again, I don’t think many people that bought an electric car conversion guide will be doing their own EV retrofitting. There are a few people out there with mechanical, electrical and tooling skills that might do it. But the majority would not.

Why do anyone want to buy the Convert 2 EV e-book then? So that we are not being ignorant. If I want to convert my gasoline driven car into an electric vehicle, most probably I will send it to a professional mechanic to get the retrofitting done. But before I do that, I want to have some basic understanding on the parts and components of an electric car. Reason being… I don’t want to look stupid when talking to the mechanic. It is also for me to be prudent. I want to know when I am being charge for any unnecessary parts or work done at the shop.

Hence, on the next couple of posts on this blog, I will write more Convert 2 EV reviews as per its individual chapters. In the mean time, if you do not want to look stupid when talking to a mechanical about electric car, you can get a copy of Les and Jane Oke’s Convert 2 EV e-book.