by Alex Frost - October 30, 2008
By building your own electric car you will:
To turn a vehicle into an EV, you will need to take out the internal combustion engine and replace it with the electric motor.
Some other parts you need to install are: rechargeable batteries, power controller and power conductors, which can be found in any auto-shop. The best cars to retrofit are light weight vehicles with space for batteries. Even if you have little mechanical skills, you can still turn your car to run on electricity, if you follow a set of detailed plans.
After the conversion you will be able to drive 100 - 200 miles on a single charge and travel at about 55 mph. The technology to run an automobile on electricity has been proven to work, but up until now it was too expensive to use.
Paying a mechanic to turn an existing vehicle into an electric car can cost $3,000-$8,000. Fortunately recently many diy electric car conversion manuals have been introduced to the market, which offer step-by-step instructions on how to easily convert any vehicle to run on electric power and save tons of money on gas. This way the conversion will cost you less than $300(parts included).
Source: Alex Frost, http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Alex_Frost