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Hello guys. Lately i have been wanting to get a tesla but i am unable to do so. So i want to convert my 2013 corolla to electric. Is this possible? Would there be issues with electric components?

Basic question: is it possible to diy 2013 corolla or is it impossible because of electric component complexity?

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Certainly not impossible. Also not a "done in a couple of weekends" kind of project, especially if you don't have experience doing it.

Any reason you're looking at converting instead of buying a used production electric car or plug-in hybrid? There are many options out there besides a Tesla that would get you driving electric much sooner than a conversion.
 

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Certainly not impossible. Also not a "done in a couple of weekends" kind of project, especially if you don't have experience doing it.

Any reason you're looking at converting instead of buying a used production electric car or plug-in hybrid? There are many options out there besides a Tesla that would get you driving electric much sooner than a conversion.
First of all i am glad you replied.

There are 2 reasons why i want to do it.
1. Brand new tesla is expensive.
2. But more importantly, i want to learn electric systems and want to build something ground up. Like build battery sets and bms as well.

Whereas i can find info on how to diy battery sets and bms..etc. i am unable to find info on how to tear apart a corolla for a conversion.

I found a book by someone called Haynes who has written a book about corola manitanance. But idk how useful that will be. I assume it will atleast let me understand parts of the car.

I am not looking to just build a 40 mile electric. I want the final product to have 300-400+ range like a production tesla.

Summary: i just wana build it cause i am really interested in the idea
 

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I can definitely understand wanting to learn a skill and build it yourself. This is a great reason to take on a conversion project.

As far as your range goals, I don't think they're achievable in a conversion. If a 300+ mile EV could be build inexpensively, all the major automakers would do it. Teslas and other production EVs have the car designed around holding a large integrated battery pack. Your Corolla was designed to hold an engine, fuel system, exhaust, etc. and even with creative packing using those spaces your car will hold less than most Teslas. In addition, though it's a reasonably aerodynamic car, the Corolla has more drag than an equivalent Tesla, so to match range you would need more of a battery pack than a Tesla.

Buying that many battery modules (or complete pack, or whatever) will be very expensive, and that hasn't taken into account any other part of the conversion (motor, controller, charger, and on and on).

Also am I right assuming this is not your only transportation? As I said above, these conversions can take a long time (and usually a lot longer than planned).

I'm not trying to discourage you, only that you're perhaps overly optimistic with the expected result. I would look at a bunch of car conversions on this site to see what you're in for. Doesn't have to be a Corolla build as any small or midsize car will face a lot of the same challenges.

Read up on theory and price out components. Lots of people these days are taking parts from crashed production EVs and adapting them for their projects, though the price of the wrecks have gone up accordingly.

P.S. the Haynes manual can help with disassembly and servicing. As you go along you may find they breeze over parts that give you trouble, but generally I like their manuals.
 

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I can definitely understand wanting to learn a skill and build it yourself. This is a great reason to take on a conversion project.

As far as your range goals, I don't think they're achievable in a conversion. If a 300+ mile EV could be build inexpensively, all the major automakers would do it. Teslas and other production EVs have the car designed around holding a large integrated battery pack. Your Corolla was designed to hold an engine, fuel system, exhaust, etc. and even with creative packing using those spaces your car will hold less than most Teslas. In addition, though it's a reasonably aerodynamic car, the Corolla has more drag than an equivalent Tesla, so to match range you would need more of a battery pack than a Tesla.

Buying that many battery modules (or complete pack, or whatever) will be very expensive, and that hasn't taken into account any other part of the conversion (motor, controller, charger, and on and on).

Also am I right assuming this is not your only transportation? As I said above, these conversions can take a long time (and usually a lot longer than planned).

I'm not trying to discourage you, only that you're perhaps overly optimistic with the expected result. I would look at a bunch of car conversions on this site to see what you're in for. Doesn't have to be a Corolla build as any small or midsize car will face a lot of the same challenges.

Read up on theory and price out components. Lots of people these days are taking parts from crashed production EVs and adapting them for their projects, though the price of the wrecks have gone up accordingly.

P.S. the Haynes manual can help with disassembly and servicing. As you go along you may find they breeze over parts that give you trouble, but generally I like their manuals.
Thank you very much for the information. I ll research this more and get back to you. Your points are very insightful. Thank you.
 

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I am currently converting my 1996 Corolla to electric. My question is have you ever own an electric car? What I would do is rent and drive it around to get an understanding of how it drives in regards to range etc. Good luck on your electric car journey.
 

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I am currently converting my 1996 Corolla to electric. My question is have you ever own an electric car? What I would do is rent and drive it around to get an understanding of how it drives in regards to range etc. Good luck on your electric car journey.
I am done with how it drives. I would like to convert my fwd corolla to rwd. So that i can turn it into an electric drift car. Too ambitious?
 
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