[Oeva-list] Any "How To" books....
tony at notebene.net
Sat Sep 16 14:48:00 PDT 2006
There are two books published that I know of, both older, but not that old
"From Gasoline to Electric Power, A Conversion Experience" by Gary
"Build Your Own Electric Vehicle" by Bob Brant 1994
Powers' book is a light weight journal and Brant's is an engineering
tome. Both were helpful to me, but the local in international clubs
were more helpful.
As to the cost comparison. I don't know of a particular study since
this is a hobby field mostly, the International EV mailing list if full
of people that can overload you with data. My experience is this: It
costs $12,000 to have someone else convert a used late 90's GEO Metro.
The car itself cost $1000. You can do it yourself for about 1/2 that.
The long term fuel and maintenance costs after the conversion can be
very much smaller than a similar old gas car, IF you did a very good job
on the conversion and you are careful with the battery pack. The drive
train parts have long life. My fuel costs are about 1 cent per mile.
My battery pack has needed only 3 of 17 batteries replaced in the last 5
Sean Hinckley wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm new to this list and have just some basic questions in an effort
> to educate myself.
> 1. Are there any "How To" book out there for converting a gas engine
> auto to electric? (The library had one book from 1981. Not helpful
> and surprising that's all they had.)
> 2. Has anyone done any cost comparison studies on buying and throwing
> away (when worn out rather than repair) used gas engine vehicles
> compared to the cost of converting a used gas engine auto to electric
> and just maintaining that electric auto? (I save money on a car buy
> never buying new so arguing that an electric car - converted from a
> used gas engine - is somehow cheaper than buying a new gas engine car
> won't convince me. But if converting a used gas car to electric is as
> cheap or cheaper than multiple purchases of used gas cars, then I
> might be convinced.) [For those who think I should use electric to
> help save the planet, I agree however; economics being what they are,
> I am not rich enough to pay the preumiums that auto makers want for
> hybrids or a practical fully electric car. (Practical = goes fast
> enough for the freeway and will get me 300 miles round trip without
> recharging.) I don't make enough money to help fund this country's
> transition from gas to electric. Until and unless electric
> transportation becomes immediately practical and cheap as gas (cheap
> in the used gas car sense) that members of the poor lower middle
> class, like me, can use them for practical transportation (mass
> transit is not practical, even in Portland, when it takes 45 min. to
> go by bus where a car can go in 5 even in rush hour - and I think
> speed limits are suggestions - ) then the process of getting off
> imported oil or saving the planet will only be a rich man's hobby. <-
> All this is not a soap box lecture. It was intended to be an
> explanatiion for my perspective on the economics question.]
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