Those who continue to burn gasoline or diesel, with the cost that this entails for the environment, because they cannot invest in an electric car, have an alternative to switch to sustainable mobility. It involves converting your own internal combustion engine vehicle into an electric one. The option is, in addition to possible, the most affordable. In fact, it is estimated that the cost can range between 2,000 and 15,000 euros, depending on whether you opt for new or second-hand parts.
The estimate is provided by Elektrun, an initiative promoted by AD Sánchez who, disappointed after the results of protocols such as the one in Kyoto, decided to convert his own vehicle. “You understand that the true solution was yours” , which is “in the many small individual gestures that each of us can put into practice every day in our lives: avoid consuming single-use plastic containers, recycle glass and Why not use a car that doesn’t burn gasoline, ” says Sánchez.
From there, it has now moved on to offering conversion services, as well as advising those embarking on a challenge of this magnitude and providing support to locate the parts necessary to undertake the project. To make it easier, it also offers online tutorials to turn old cars into electric ones.
The operation can be carried out in vehicles of all types, although it will be easier in small passenger cars, such as Twingo. With this model, an Elektrun pilot made precisely that, after two years of work, has made the reconverted electric work. For those who do not want to invest so much time, the term can be shortened. In this sense, from this initiative they ensure that the process can be completed in just a few days, when the parts are available. From there, it can go to years if time is limited and the components need to be assembled.
Although the transformation of a gasoline or diesel into an electric one is not limited to automotive experts, the truth is that a certain skill with mechanics and electricity will be preferable. It must be taken into account that, in the course of this type of project, everything that is related to the combustion engine (in addition to the engine, the fuel tank or the exhaust pipe, for example) will have to be removed from the car.
Although the rest of the parts will be fully usable, it will also be necessary to add to the list of things to do the acquisition and assembly of some new parts. In addition to fuses, cables and connectors, the following will be essential:
- Electric motor.
- Plate for adapting the gearbox to the new engine.
If you go to the second-hand market, it is possible to obtain these components for between 2,000 and 3,000 euros, they assure from Elektrum. In the case of opting for new parts, the cost could rise to 15,000 euros, an amount that is still far from the acquisition prices of some of the most prominent electric cars on the market.
When evaluating costs, it must be taken into account that a more powerful electric motor and a battery that gives the vehicle more autonomy will drive prices up, but will bring advantages to the final product. In this sense, although it is more expensive, from this website they recommend an alternating current induction motor of between 15 and 20 kW. In the case of batteries, lithium batteries multiply by four the price compared to gel batteries but, in return, they increase autonomy in the same proportion.
In any case, a fundamental step will be to find the right engine, batteries and controller, so as not to sin either by excess or by default. Thus, as explained by Elektrun, too much power could cause damage to traction or problems with braking, while the opposite case could lead to lack of speed when changing gears.
Therefore, planning will be one of the key steps for those who choose to convert their old car into an electric one. With this, that personal grain of sand that Sánchez alluded to will be put in, for a more sustainable lifestyle, not only in terms of mobility, but also in the reuse of materials suitable for use that, otherwise, they could end up in the scrapyard.
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