10 Nov '17, 4pm

10 Things To Consider Before You Start An EV Conversion

Other things to consider is everything besides the drivetrain. For example, the gas motor provides the power boost for the brakes and the steering. Starting the conversion with a car that does not have power steering or power brakes helps solve that problem (as long as you don’t add too much weight). Cruise control typically needs vacuum from the engine, as do the controls for the HVAC vent flaps. Too much weight can mean completely different suspension requirements from stock, and could need a custom suspension. Lots of beetles are good for this, because they used cables for vent flap operation, and didn’t have power brakes or power steering. Heating and cooling is obviously a problem too. But you also have to figure out how to run all the 12V electrics that would normally get powered by the alternator during normal driving. Radio, power windows, power seats, headlights, ...

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