Build an Electric Car - 6 Things You Need to Know Before Anything Else
Nowadays it doesn't take a genius to know how to build your own electric car. Many are being hooked into the electric car conversion mania, so much so that blogs and how-to's and forums have sprung up all over the web, allowing car enthusiasts of all levels to share experiences and accommodate the questions of their fellow electric car builders.
Thanks to the vast resources available, you can build an electric car right in your own garage. But of course, you have to do a lot of research before anything else. You need to have an easy to follow, step by step manual showing you what to do. A good manual will make everything very easy.
For budding electric car enthusiasts, here are some basic steps to take to build your own electric car:
1. Assess your vehicle.
Consider whether your current choice of vehicle for an electric car is suitable for your daily travel needs: distance, weather, space, and speed. Having these factors in mind will play a big role in choosing the parts you will need as well as the conversion approach you will take to build your own electric car.
2. Find a good supplier of conversion kits.
A conversion kit is a set of the mechanical parts you will need to build your own electric car. Getting a conversion kit is a wise and uncomplicated move, especially for beginners, because you'll get what you need without the hassle of looking for parts yourself and risking a bad deal.
Finding a good and credible supplier of conversion kits is one of the keys to success in building your own electric car. It is also one of the challenges for this task. To find the best dealer for your electric car project, try browsing through forums and ask for recommendations from the more experienced electric car builders. Chances are they used conversion kits too, even during their early conversion years.
3. Do the necessary wiring.
Here, it is advisable for beginners to ask an expert to do the wiring for them for the obvious reason that it is important for all the mechanical connections to be just right. Of course you'll need to pay the expert, but it'll cost less than destroying a totally good set of mechanical parts just because you thought you knew how to do it.
Or if you can't find an expert to do your wiring for you, you can go and search the internet for companies that sell guides online that will show you how to do it correctly.
4. Remove old parts.
Another word of advice: start the dismantling process after you have the mechanical parts you need to build your own electric car. For some reason the there might be some delay in the shipping process and you don't want to have all the dismantled parts lying around your garage.
5. Paint and clean the vehicle.
Another thing to keep in mind is to make sure your vehicle is clean and free from grease and rust before you put in your new parts.
6. Put in new parts.
After the vehicle's been cleaned (of the old parts and of grease and other stuff), you can now put in the new parts. Perhaps the most intensive process of all, this might take up quite some time. Putting in the motor, installing the battery, connecting the cables and wires - these are all parts of this exciting process. Be sure to know the right position and location for each part. If you're not sure which goes where, refer to the instructions given in your electric car manual.
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