Electric Car Conversion 101 Video 001





Introduction: Electric Car Conversion 101 Video 001

The first video in a new series showing how to convert a Dodge Neon to a 300V AC electric car.

This video jumps right into the hard stuff first - building the adapter plate to connect the motor and transmission.



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I hope someone can/will answer this. I don't know where else to go.

Picture a converted pickup (e.g. Ford Ranger). With on-board battery pack it would have 20-30 mile range before it needs a re-charge.

Would a gas powered generator mounted in the bed and wired into the system be able to provide enough power to keep the vehicle running and re-charge the battery pack while driving. Run the generator until the bp is recharged and then turn it off, until the next re-charge?

Has anyone tried this, or know of anyone who has? Did it/would it work?

Yes, you can put a generator in the back of an electric pickup and essentially convert it to a plug-in hybrid.... BUT:

You will need a really large generator. At that point it should be on the other side of a firewall and have a good exhaust system and noise control on it. It will also add significant weight and take up most of the cargo space.

A friend of mine added a generator on occasion to his electric pickup. If needed, he would stop for a while and run the generator to recharge his battery pack. To drive AND recharge you would need an even LARGER generator. (For example, the Chevy Volt does NOT recharge the main battery pack while driving on the engine.)

So, yes you CAN do it, although I haven't seen anyone do it really effectively yet. If you did, you would really want to design the vehicle from the ground up as a hybrid, rather than an EV with a generator added as an after-thought.

Another way to do it would be to build a hybrid with through-the-road power of either an electric motor OR an engine. At some point, it's more efficient to run an engine through a transmission to the wheels than to generate electric energy, convert it to mechanical energy, and then put it to the road.

A four-wheel drive pickup with an engine on one axel and an electric motor on the other would be a VERY interesting project!

Thank you for the answer. Wow, I hoped I would eventually get an answer, but I certainly didn't expect one so quickly!

Several years ago I saw an article in Mother Earth News about a gas-hydraulic drive vehicle that got near 70mpg. Short version: a 16 hp gas engine, running at its "sweet spot" (most efficient rpm) powered a hydraulic pump which fed into an accumulator. When the accumulator was fully charged, the gas engine shut off.

The hydraulic pressure in the accumulator was used to power a hydraulic motor attached to the auto's differential to drive the vehicle.

When fully charged, the accumulator had more than enough stored power to start the vehicle (a VW bug) from a stop and accelerate to cruising speed. Once at cruise speed, when pressure in the accumulator dropped to a preset level, the gas engine/pump assy. would kick in. At cruise, the engine/pump provided enough power to power the vehicle AND recharge the accumulator.

The accumulator gets fully charged - engine/pump shuts down - hyd. motor runs off of accumulator pressure - pressure in accumulator drops to the preset level - engine pump starts up to recharge accumulator - repeat as necessary - ...

I started to do one of these conversions and got as far as pricing parts and found out that hydraulic components are stinkin' awful EXPENSIVE!

So, I wondered if the same concept would transfer to EVs for a little less cost (I actually hoped for a LOT less cost), but it seems not. My reason for thinking about this in the first place was to be able to take an extended road trip. The idea of stopping to recharge the batteries with a small generator is something I'll be pondering.

Again, thank you for the info.

How many rpm is that motor rated for?

I'm not sure off hand. I'm the guy who did the video. Tom's the guy who built this car. He's the electrical genius.

I don't think it's a particularly high rev motor. He did do the math, and it worked out to get to highway speeds just fine within specs of the motor.

could you make an instructable or something on how to build all the power brakes,steering, etc.

Also how much does the car weigh?
Thank you soooo much!

 Sure you can have air conditioning in an Electric Car!

Just hook up an electric motor to the AC compressor instead of a belt off an engine.

In fact, the EV-1, GM's first electric car, could even heat or cool itself BEFORE you got in it! Pretty neat, hey?!

Another example is the air conditioner on the Prius, which runs off the battery. What other car can you have air conditioning WITHOUT the engine running!?

Keep in mind that energy for air conditioning has to come from somewhere. Since many folks with "home conversions" are using plain old lead-acid batteries, the focus tends to be on conservation of energy to maximize range.

On the new electric car coming out, like the GM Chevy Volt, and the Nissan Leaf, they will have air conditioning to keep you nice and cool!

is there a easy cheap way to put it in? and what HP was your car? all the motors i am finding are really big but only 3/4 hp to 2hp Would those work?