Solar Powered Car Generation for DIY EV Conversion

Solar Powered Car Generation for DIY EV Conversion

  Can I use solar panels on my electric vehicle to generate power when I drive or parked?  This is a question that I asked myself years ago and I was asked about this again recently.  The short answer is, yes.  The real underlying question is how much power can be generated using solar panels Read more about Solar Powered Car Generation for DIY EV Conversion[…]

Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety – Does It Exist?

Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety – Does It Exist?

Does range anxiety really exist? This appears to be one of the most frequently asked questions.  How far can an electric car drive?  How accurate is the battery gauge?  Will I be left at the side of the road with an empty battery?  To provide a quick answer, yes range anxiety does exist.  Currently, electric Read more about Electric Vehicle Range Anxiety – Does It Exist?[…]

Lithium Ion Battery Types for Electric Vehicles

Lithium Ion Battery Types for Electric Vehicles

Lithium and lithium-ion batteries are frequently used in consumer products, including electric vehicles.  There are many types of lithium batteries that have been developed over the past few decades, and I want to take a look at their current uses, types of lithium batteries, and how they compare to each other.  I also want to Read more about Lithium Ion Battery Types for Electric Vehicles[…]

Carbon Footprint Analysis: Buy new versus Convert to an Electric Vehicle

Carbon Footprint Analysis: Buy new versus Convert to an Electric Vehicle

  There have been many questions about the environmental aspect of a new electric vehicle versus an electric vehicle conversion from gasoline.  To dig deeper, we will look at what the carbon footprint is for a new vehicle to be manufactured.  Comparing these two carbon footprints can be a little tricky as the initial environmental harm has already been Read more about Carbon Footprint Analysis: Buy new versus Convert to an Electric Vehicle[…]

Electric Vehicle Charging Levels

Electric Vehicle Charging Levels

There are two official charging levels for electric vehicles: level 1 and 2.  These charging levels are designated by SAE, the Society of Automotive Engineers, which applies to North America but can also be adopted worldwide.  In particular, SAE J1772 covers the conductive charge coupler for electric vehicles.       Why should I comply Read more about Electric Vehicle Charging Levels[…]

Tesla Truck Concept Model U Expanding EVs

Tesla Truck Concept Model U Expanding EVs

  A recent article in truck trend caught my attention, one that addressed that Tesla motors are in the concept phase of creating a pickup truck.  The information in the article is more broad strokes instead of detailed specifications at this point.  GMC, Dodge, and Ford have long been able to ride most economic uncertainty with Read more about Tesla Truck Concept Model U Expanding EVs[…]

Formula E Racing Drives Electric Vehicle Innovations

Formula E Racing Drives Electric Vehicle Innovations

  Formula E Racing Drives Electric Vehicle Innovations Read in If you have not heard of Formula E racing then I have some news for you, it is similar to Formula 1 racing with electric race cars.  What is interesting about Formula E is that now there are major automotive brands actively spending time and Read more about Formula E Racing Drives Electric Vehicle Innovations[…]

11 EV Conversion Goals to Set Before You Make Your Own Car

11 EV Conversion Goals to Set Before You Make Your Own Car

Read in Goals To Determine Before Your EV Conversion Some goals need to be defined before starting your diy electric car or ev car conversion shop.  Each goal in the list is directly related to the goal set before.  Goal number 1 is the most important goal for the overall electric conversion and so on Read more about 11 EV Conversion Goals to Set Before You Make Your Own Car[…]

Electric Vehicle Conversion Transmission Analysis and Selection

Electric Vehicle Conversion Transmission Analysis and Selection

Overview of all transmissions for EV conversions  Do Electric Cars Have Transmissions? One of the most asked question when talking about an electric car conversion, especially when the topic of diy ev drivetrain is brought up.  In short, an electric car transmission is required to increase the torque at the wheel.  This applies most to Read more about Electric Vehicle Conversion Transmission Analysis and Selection[…]

DC Motor Controller Operation Explained

DC Motor Controller Operation Explained

Read in DC Motor Controller Explained The DC motor controller function is simple: to control the motor.  If you are like me, you need to figure out how it works.  In the case of an electric car conversion, the DC motor controller takes the throttle position input and sends the required power to the DC motor. Read more about DC Motor Controller Operation Explained[…]