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.
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.