EVDL Administrator wrote:
> To put it bluntly, conversions are NOT for most people.
I'd amend that by saying that *most* conversions are not for most people.
The typical conversion is a one-of-a-kind project, by someone who has
little or no experience in what they are doing. It's inevitable that it
will have many "rough edges". The same is true for any do-it-yourself
project; be it a house, a boat, etc.
But some people build EVs (and houses and boats) anyway. It's an
adventure. It's a chance to do things your way. It's an opportunity to
be different, to have fun, to experiment, and put some excitement into life.
Most people don't look to their cars for adventures. They want
predictable, boring, no-surprises driving. Conversions are not for them.
It is certainly possible to make a conversion that "most people" would
like. The big auto companies have done it, with things like the Toyota
RAV4-EV, Ford Ranger-EV, and Chrysler minivan EV. Other companies have
done it, like Solectria and Soleq. It takes a lot more time to do a
thorough job so that the average person can just "get in and drive"
without thinking about it being an EV. That makes these conversions a
lot more expensive.
I think the main problem with EVs built by individuals or small
companies is lack of experience and knowledge. They don't know what not
to do. So, they wind up makes mistakes; mistakes that have been made
before, but they didn't know about them.
My hope is that the EVDL will serve as a reference for future builders
to avoid repeating these mistakes!
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