By GreenCompany | August 19, 2011
What would it take to build you own electric vehicle? If you are the type who is really comfortable around mechanical things and love to get your hands dirty, creating your own EV is not very hard. And for the first-timer and part-time tinkerer there are now so many resources available in terms of parts and supplies. The aftermarket automotive industry catering to electric vehicles has grown leaps and bounds. Finding inexpensive and easy to use conversion components for your car is getting easier each year with so many companies now getting into the field.
So where to start? This may be the hardest part of all. You have to ask yourself what type of platform you want to start with – purpose built or a conversion of an existing vehicle. A purpose built electric vehicle platform can be self created (which could be very expensive and time-consuming with no guarantee of results), or purchased as an existing electric drive vehicle platform. One cool EV platform we found was the TREXA lithium-drive platform. Their platforms are now making their way into the hands of manufacturers and early next year can be had by the DIY crowd. The cost according a TREXA press release is $16K – which would mean about a $25-30K final cost for the vehicle. This is where conversion kits can be a better choice – price.
Electric vehicle conversion kits can be purchased starting around $3k with an average of about $9k for a better quality kit. Just about every make and model car has one tailored towards it so converting your car or truck is as simple as getting it done. You can even check online for any local EV classes which can make your first time all that much easier.
Electric vehicle DIY enthusiasts and those curious about building their own electric car now have a magazine to help you build and tune your own EV. EVTuners’ has created a performance electric car magazine which you can learn more about at evtuners.com. There is no need to be saddled with an under-powered EV vehicle. So for those holding off experimenting with the cutting edge because of a lack of power and speed – today’s electric vehicle is not your grandpa’s golf cart any longer!
I’ve started clearing out my garage to make way for my soon to be retired ’98 Mustang GT. I’m going to strip her down to remove as much weight as possible and convert her to electric – and I cannot wait!
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