Why Electric Vehicles Are for Today! Revised Excerpt from Build Your Own Electric Vehicle 3rd Edition

Let’s be more fast here for the conversation. Our phones are using lithium-based technologies. So we will see the cost of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) come down too! First of all and best part is that we can get a 300-mile-range electric car. Yes and with an almost immediate charge time and pickup of 0 to 60 mi/h in the 3.4 seconds or less. That’s to all my “car guys” demand.

The only way EVs are going to make a big difference in people’s lives is if they can do everything a gas car. Yet as we know it can do more. They have to look great (almost be an extension of the person buying the car). Finally and most importantly they have to be safe.

SO, EV conversions use frames currently approved by the National Traffic and Highway Administration (NHTSA). Frames to which vehicle identification numbers (VINs) can be attached. Furthemore, this is why this book has stood the test of time.

So when you go to the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or insurance company, just give them the VIN. Guess what then and everything will be all right! Please note though that the DMV and insurance Ck will probably want to look at the cars.

However, when a car company gives you the title to a car or an EV, the same thing happens. That’s because it has been approved. Approved by those who could make your life a living hell to get it on the road!

When you add electric motors and controllers (basically, the brains) reaching 1,000 to 2,000 amps. Then high-end car batteries, and the light weight of a Porsche 911 chassis. More noteworthy or an old sports car. Therefore expect an electric car that can provide more than respectable performance. They are fun to drive and virtually silent, and they coast very easily when you let off the accelerator.

In other words, you can have a mechanic convert an old Porsche 911 to go over 100 mi/h with a 200-mile range. If you are technically able to, go for it.

Electric Porsche
Converted Electric Porsche

Some have done less miles on range using lead-acid batteries alone! With lithium-ion technology, you can get the electric cars to go 300 miles. Finally and the cost is still less than that of some brand-new SUVs. More interestingly or those expensive sports cars.

In an effort to move the market toward electric cars, some people are trying other alternatives, including

• Converting hybrid cars to either grid-connected or plug-in hybrids (www.calcars.org)

• Purchase a hybrid electric cars in droves

• Buying the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Ford Focus Electric, Tesla Roadster Model S or Model X, and all the other cars expected to come online in the future

• Purchasing low-speed electric vehicles, such as the GEM car

• Driving the last remaining car company–built electric cars from the 90’s and early 2000’s. That’s such as the EV1, the Toyota RAV4 EV, or the TH!NK City.

• Taking an old junked or unused car and converting it to an all-electric car.

It is amazing to see, but we are closer than we have even been to getting electric cars in all brands across the board in my lifetime.

We are still far away from there since in most car companies (excluding Tesla) create a new model for their electrified products. Now we have more continually coming on-line true. However it’s still yet not even 25% of all vehicles

When I first authored this book, I never thought that would be possible. After the release of the second edition of this book and the immediate ramp-up of electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and more conversion companies than I have ever seen before.


Ford Focus Electric
Source: Ford Motor Company

We will get to a massive electric car market by the car companies.

My point is that you can get an EV today. You can also take any vehicle you want and convert it to an EV. It’ll be less expensive if you’re willing to compromise on range but and time. You’ll need the conversion company to convert the car you know?!

You can also encourage the fix-it person down the street to help you with your conversion so that more mechanics across the country are building electric cars.