Electric Vehicle Kit
What are the downsides to using an electric vehicle kit?
Although many people associate electric powered vehicles with slow performance and reduced
power, modern electric vehicle kits are the product of significant advances in electric automobile technology. At
this point, most electric car kits provide cars that appear to have top speeds
of between 70 and 75 miles per hour. Nonetheless, converting to electric power does have its costs.
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is the necessity of frequent charging of the electric vehicle battery. The Chevy Geo Metro kit referenced above typically
produces an electric-powered car that must be recharged every 20 – 40 miles, depending on battery quality and
driving habits. This makes the electric vehicle kit a less than optimal choice for anyone with lengthy commutes,
however it could be useful for those who primarily use their car within a city setting.
Converting the Chevy S-10 with an electric vehicle kit might be slightly more promising – not
only does the S-10 seem to run longer on a single charge (between 40 and 60 miles, again depending on the size and
quality of batteries and driving habits) but some models can also be equipped with solar panels to provide the
electricity needed to power the car. These panels obviously can be a great energy source and reduce the frequency
of charging, at least when driven in daylight hours.
Cost of an electric vehicle kit
Finally, converting automobiles using electric car
conversion kits is costly. Most electric car kits available at various
Internet sites appear to cost between $8,000 and $10,000. This cost would increase if professional
installation was required, and does not include the cost of the electric
car batteries (which can be significant) and access to or the purchase of a charging station.
While electric vehicle kits have come a long way recently, they are still probably not a
practical choice for most consumers, especially those with long commutes. However, for the person who loves to work
on cars, has some experience with electricity and wants to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, an electric
vehicle kit could be a good choice.