Anonymous asked in EnvironmentAlternative Fuel Vehicles · 1 decade ago

how much does it cost to turn a gas gussler into a electric car what all is envolved?

can i use a old gas car i got already to turn it into a electric?how much does it cost for everything?is it street legal?whats the best motor i can use?how would i go about installing it?which motor gets most mile to a charge?and anymore info you can provide me with.thank you

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The one EV car we currently have (have 2 vehicles that run on hydrogen also, 1 Ethanol & 1 Biodiesel) we converted from a vw bug & is free to charge. As The Ranch is completely off the grid all electricity comes from solar panels & wind generators, which we also built ourselves.

    However I did charge up at Costco charging station in Carlsbad California (I actually only drove up there to fill up) if I remember right it was around $2.00

    Not sure if you’re interesting in doing it yourself, but I’d be willing to walk you step by step threw the conversion. I've converted 3 of my own cars (a datsun truck, ford van, & a vw bug) & a few for neighbors. I've also converted cars to run on hydrogen, ethanol & biodiesel, by far EV is the easiest.

    If you’re interested here’s what it would entitle…

    - The engine compartment is first cleaned out of any gasoline components.

    - Electric components are then installed in exchange.

    - A battery bank is built & incorporated.

    - Existing starter & driving systems are connected.

    - Turn the key, step on the gas pedal sending more energy to the electric motor, & thus more power to the drive system, which in return creates more speed, more acceleration.

    - The system has normal automotive top speeds & acceleration, typical to the vehicle your modifying. If your top speed was 85 mph & your acceleration was 1 mile per min, then this will be what your left with after the conversion.

    The methods are extremely simple, making the process possible for anyone, everyone, ANYWHERE.

    Typical tools, hardware & supplies are used, making access to parts available for all.

    Electric Conversions can be easily accomplished in ANY model vehicle, even tractors, Generators, types of machinery, etc.

    Project lengths range from 1 day to 1 month.

    If you’re interested I wrote a guide on it which is available at www agua-luna com

    My last EV conversion ran me about $1400. Everything is available online. Here’s a list of what you'd need...

    Advanced DC Motor

    The motor is an 8" Advanced DC series-wound motor. It weighs 107 pounds & is rated at 68 peak horsepower. These motors are available in several sizes.

    Adaptor plate

    The adaptor plate mates the motor to the transmission. It is constructed of 1/2 inch aluminum & is pre-drilled with bolt hole patterns for both the motor & transmission. An aluminum spacer is also used for proper spacing between the shafts of the transmission & motor. Adaptor plates are available for many cars.

    DC Motor Controller

    The controller regulates current going to the motor. It is a solid-state device that uses a pulse width modulator (PWM) that sends short bursts of current to the motor at a rate of 15 kHz. Controllers are available from both Curtis & DCP.

    Potbox (Potentiometer)

    The potbox is a 5K ohm throttle between the controller & the accelerator, similar to the way a sewing machine pedal works. The potbox's lever arm is attached to the existing accelerator cable.

    Main Contactor

    An electric relay that serves the same purpose as the ignition switch in a gas car. When the key is turned to the start position, the contactor closes the circuit to allow current to flow to the controller.

    Circuit Breaker

    A safety device that shuts down power for servicing or during an emergency. The circuit breaker is installed under the hood & can be switched both off & on from the drivers seat with an extension or cable.

    Main Fuse

    The main fuse protect the system from high voltage spikes. A fuse should be installed at each battery box or group of batteries.


    A shunt is placed in series within the wiring as a means to connect meters. Shunts are available in different sizes for both high & low power configurations.

    Charger interlock

    A relay that keeps the circuit open so nobody will inadvertently drive off with the charge cord plugged into the car.

    DC/DC Converter

    The DC/DC converter is similar in function to a gas car's alternator. It charges the 12 volt accessory battery by chopping voltage from the main battery pack down to 13.5 volts.

    Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the process. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com on the subject. I also offer online & on-site workshops, seminars & internships to help others help the environment.

    Dan Martin

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  • 4 years ago

    That's a tough one - most SUV's on the road today won't have any range if converted to fully electric, and the cost of going half way with hybrid doesn't carry over to the full conversion currently... bad pun, currently. Sorry. Anyway, I'd convert to E-85... if it were legal. It IS legal, for about 800 bucks for an 8 cyl, less for less cyl, to buy a converter for your engine, and spend a bit on new fuel lines, and, er... not tell anyone you installed it. The EPA made it illegal for pollution purposes, but it pollutes less - the law was written when Propane and Methane were being considered fuels, and it was a blanket law. Even now, people are toying with how much E-85 they can blend into their regular gas vehicle, since it's already 10% ethanol... The oxygen sensor usually trips first - many times at or below half and half mix. Winter and summer mixes are different, and cold weather may mean hard starts. I need to make it clear that I HAVE NOT done this myself, but have thoroughly researched it for both my fuel injected Tahoe and 69 pontiac. Please don't arrest me. More at my blog below

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  • 1 decade ago

    The cost of converting a car to electric is roughly proportional to its weight. A car which guzzled energy from gasoline is going to guzzle energy from electricity. A guzzler can be an appropriate vehicle if you're usually moving several people around; the guzzling looks bad for an inefficient vehicle occupied by one person.

    The Chevy S10 mentioned by another answerer is one of the most often converted vehicles. Pickups are the easiest, in general, to convert because you can more easily solve the problem of mounting the batteries - and pickups are built to handle weight.

    In big, round numbers, it'll cost you $8000 (or more) to buy new parts for such a conversion. If you're impatient, it can cost you more. If you look for bargains, you can lower that value. A mechanically inclined person is said to take 2 weekends to do the conversion. I know I'm a slower builder than that.

    There is a small industry which supplies parts for conversions. See links below.

    Consider looking thru Ebay and some of the EV (electric vehicle) web sites for people selling their conversions. Converted pickups sometimes sell for not much more than the cost of the parts. If you can convert a low slung, nice-looking sports car (Porche 914 for instance), you can actually make money selling it.

    Source(s): "Build your own Electric Vehicle", Seth Leitman and Bob Brant, 2009. This is a very good book. "Convert It", Michael Brown. nuts and bolts of doing a conversion one place that sells motors, controllers etc. nationwide group. may have a chapter close to you.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is pretty complex. Depends on the make and model. I was looking to convert an old S10 pickup. After looking at the motor, controls, pedals, wiring battery's I concluded it was not worth it.

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  • 1 decade ago

    How more energy Efficiency do you wish to lose?

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