What is Electric car Conversion

The advantages of electric car conversion, mean that more people are becoming interested, but what is it.

Electric car conversion is the removal of the petrol or diesel internal combustion engine, and replacement with an electric motor.

 

Advantages of Electric car Conversion

The advantages of electric car conversion include being less polluting to the environment.

More often electric car conversion will be taking place on older vehicles.

These older vehicles emit more pollution from their exhaust pipe, than the latest models.

Take for example my own 1996 Alfa Romeo GTV Coupe.

It has a two litre petrol engine, that emits 220 grams of CO2 (manufacturers figures when it was new).

This CO2 figure is high by modern standards for a two litre engine.

Another advantage of electric car conversion is the potential for greater reliability.

This is because electric motors have fewer moving parts than a conventional petrol or diesel engine.

If we consider the Induction Motor, which is used in some electric car conversions.

The Induction Motor consists of an outer casing, a Stator, and a Rotor.

The Stator does not move, and the Rotor rotates inside the stator.

Therefore the only moving part in an Induction Motor, is the Rotor.

Disadvantages of Electric car Conversion

Converting a car to electric power is not cheap.

Even the cheapest secondhand electric motors, such as from the Nissan Leaf will cost around £1500 upwards  on ebay.

You also need the control electronics to make it all work.

You also need to consider the actual cost of labour, unless you are doing your own conversion.

But it doesn’t stop there, as you will have costs involved in making the car road legal, etc etc.

The list of parts that have to be changed, will be the subject of  a future blog post.

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Published by Craig Miles

Craig Miles