I was wondering why the electric motors and the conversion process is so expensive. Motors are like $2000 gas engines don't cost that much. I wanted to do this take a car throw the engine away and make an electric car that goes maybe 60 to 70 mph on the freeway and get 60 to 100 miles range, then when I priced it out and thought wow it really expensive and take 10 year of driving on electric power to get my money back from not using gas.
Hi, Randy - I suppose it's a matter of volume. Engines don't cost as much as comparable electric motors because they don't make as many of them, maybe. (Somebody else feel free to chime in; )
You can do a really cheap conversion if you're so inclined, though, and willing to put in the work.
Grades of EV conversion costs
Expensive conversion: Have somebody else do it for you, and pay retail for new EV components.
Cheaper conversion: Buy somebody else's EV project and finish it. They've already done the heavy investing, and are now happy to have somebody else move the marriage-busting, half-done lawn ornament out of the garage, even if they're losing money in the deal, which they are.
Cheap conversion: Scavenge electric car parts from a used forklift, and sell the unwanted gas-gobbler bits that have any value. Ebay is your new best friend.
The question is, how much work are you willing to put in to bring the price down?
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