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Electric Car Conversion Accessories

by Jerry Tubbs
(Cherrylog, Ga.)

Vacuum Pump Kit at Canadian Electric Vehicles

Vacuum Pump Kit at Canadian Electric Vehicles

I've looked at several motors and the dual shaft looks like it would drive the accessories - you know, A/C, Power Steering and all that stuff - is that something that is still used on EV cars? Or since it's an electric car has to be switched over to some sort of electrical pump?

Hi, Jerry -
Yep, the double shaft does drive the accessories.

More specifically, it lets your battery pack drive the accessories that run on electricity, like your stereo, windshield wipers, lights, blinkers, that sort of thing, using a dc/dc converter. You can use it to run the heater, since you've no longer got the benefit of all that extra ICE heat blowing in your face.

Some of that stuff you talked about requires a special adaptation - like a pump for the power steering and brakes. Right again. Check out the accessories adaptations they sell at Canadian Electric Vehicles for an idea of how that works.


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Finding EV Conversion Parts

by Michael

Where do I purchase the different parts necessary to convert a car to electric, such as a controller?

Hi, Michael!
There are several places to buy parts. If you find yourself a copy of Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, there is a list in the back (p. 295) of excellent and reputable EV parts dealers and manufacturers. Find the one nearest to your house to save on shipping costs.

You can also find lists of conversion specialists (p. 291), EV conversion kit suppliers (p. 296), and Electric Auto Association chapters (p. 271) so you can find some help, advice, and experience near your hometown.


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Are There Electric Car Conversion Kits?

by Paul
(Walhalla, SC 29691, USA)

Is there an electric car conversion kit where a person can make their own electric car?

Hi, Paul -
Sure! It's what I would do myself if I were converting a car - get a good kit.

There are lots of kits available, but probably the best "plug-and-play" electric car conversion kit I've heard of is Canev's Chevy S-10 kit.

It won't cost you an arm and a leg, there are a lot of successful EV conversions out there using this kit, and it comes with everything you need (except batteries) to build your electric car.

All the best -

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