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Electric Car Project

One of my upcoming projects is going to be converting an old Ford Aspire to full plug-in electric. I’ve planned out the conversion and the costs, but the only tangible thing I’ve done is clean out the project car. I ripped out the rear seats to make room for the battery bank and I put down a layer of roofing flashing for sound dampening and to add some density to the body panels. When I was a kid I used to have radio-controlled electric cars and slot-racer style electric cars. Back then, I always wondered why the principles hadn’t been applied to real cars. Electric cars aren’t new, but they aren’t very prevalent. The goals of this conversion are to have a zero emissions vehicle that has decent horsepower and to save money (not purchasing gasoline). I haven’t calculated my return on investment for this project, but the project car has already paid for itself as a commuter car. I expect this conversion to pay for itself after a period of time; I’m just not sure how long that will be.

This should be a worthy project for several reasons:

  • it doesn’t consume gasoline
  • it will pay for itself over time
  • it’s better for the environment
  • my state offers nice incentives for alternative fuel vehicles; single-driver HOV lane travel being one of them

Here’s a picture of the project car and some of the [future] conversion materials:

2 Responses to “Electric Car Project”

  • Juanjo says:

    I’m a fan of your project. I hope you have good luck with your transformation of the electric car. I would do my old Rover 200 1.4.

    The problem, I think, part of the autonomy of the batteries. I’ve seen some lithium batteries for electric vehicles but they sure are expensive.

    The consumption of an electric motor capable of producing at least 120 horse power would be another factor to consider.

    Please keep me informed of your progress.

    Sincerely,

  • Chris says:

    There have been some new advancements in battery technology, so I’m confident that eventually you can complete your conversion.

    Please keep in mind that 120 HP produced by a combustion engine is not equivalent to an electric motor. A 60HP electric motor can produce much more power than an equivalent combustion engine, because an electric motor has 100% torque throughout the power band.

    Essentially, a 50 “HP” electric motor can easily outperform a 120HP combustion engine.

    Good luck with your project, and definitely keep me posted on your progress. Electric cars are clearly the future!

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