Which Electric Motor for a Civic Conversion?
by Dave Halleck
(Traverse City Michigan)
DC motor for your Electric Civic
I am beginning a project of converting a Honda Civic into an electric vehicle. Can you recommend a motor(s) and drive type for this project?
Since you're looking for a recommendation, I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that you'd like a kit, and the simpler to install, the better. Right?
In that case, a small DC kit is probably going to make you the happiest.
You can get a double shafted, Curtis controller kit for about 3400.00; double shafted for the use of a DC/DC converter, and Curtis controller rather than Kelly (a kit with the Kelly controller will save you 400 bucks or so).
You'll need to make your own adapter plate, battery boxes, and shaft couplers for that price. If you don't have the facilities or knowhow for that little project, you can have them made by your local machine shop.
Best of luck!