The automobile has perhaps had the biggest influence on western society than any other invention of the twentieth century. Today, without access to a reliable vehicle it can be difficult leading a normal life, most towns and cities are designed with car owners in mind. If, like most people, you find your vehicle indispensable, but are concerned about the impact that driving a regular car has on the environment, you should explore the option of a DIY electric conversion.
The internal combustion engine has revolutionized the world. The problem is that today, not only are gasoline and diesel prices breaking all records, the pollution emitted by most vehicles is known to be a contributory factor to climate change and global warming. With carbon tax now being brought in, there is everything to gain and nothing to lose by converting your vehicle's engine to run off electricity as opposed to a fossil fuel.
Before you start to take seriously the idea of starting such a project, you should consider whether you have access to the right tools and equipment. Removing a vehicle's engine and other components is not for the casual hobbyist. The work that is required is extensive and time consuming.
Thankfully, there is a lot of information available today for vehicle owners who would like to undertake such work. The first step would be to acquire a comprehensive guide. The instructions that are to be followed should be easy to understand yet detailed, and include specific information relating to the car which you are planning to convert.
Consider upfront what the expense of the project will be, it would be immensely frustrating to get half way through and then give up due to lack of funds. The cost of a conversion project is not always cheap, the outlay can range from $5,000 up to $10,000. The biggest outlay is usually the batteries, followed by a DC motor and a DC controller.
Homemade electric cars are a viable project for many mechanically minded individuals. If you are serious about taking up such a project, only proceed after you have studied the topic in detail. On a cautionary note, consider that your utility bill will rise in cost due to the extra electricity consumption that would be required to keep your newly converted vehicle's batteries topped up, but this is likely to be a fraction of the cost of your current fuel bills.