You can build your own electric car, if you can manage to change your own oil and wiper blades. It takes a little know-how, but it's not rocket science. Here are the steps:
If you're new to conversions, you may ask, "What's in an electric car conversion kit?" The answer is, "that depends on where you get it".
The simplest conversion kits have only a motor and a compatible controller, so they might seem to cost less. You'll need a few more items before you're ready to drive your conversion down the road, items you may or may not have laying around the garage already.
I do have a favorite place to get an electric car conversion kit: Canadian Electric Vehicles. Why?
If you've never converted a gas-gulper to electric before, you'll probably want to use a donor car that's got a kit already specifically made for it. Canadian Electric Vehicles has kits for:
All these kits come with very detailed, very complete instruction manuals so that it will be fairly straightforward and easy to do, even for a beginner.
Canadian Electric Vehicles has universal kits, too, that can be customized to fit ANY car, but Randy doesn't recommend:
They will also provide pre-wired control boxes for a plug and drive system for an additional $1,200US.
Answer: it doesn't matter anymore, really. You can get either one, and they're both equally good in a car, both simple to use and install. The AC electric car conversion kit costs about a thousand dollars more than the DC, so not a lot of difference there. I still like AC better, but they both have their virtues.
Canadian Electric Vehicles has both AC and DC conversion kits available in stock.
And no, Canadian Electric Vehicles isn't paying me for an endorsement. I've just come to respect the work they do and the service they provide for the EV community!
For more EV conversion information to help you with your project, you may want to visit CanEV's Electric Car Conversion parts page here, or read CanEV's extensive conversion FAQ pages from their 20 years of conversion experience.