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Electric car conversions have come a long way
fb_bf posted a topic in General Car DiscussionFirst off, I’m not a wacko left green person with an agenda to convert all cars to electric. Current technology allows the use of electric cars in certain applications. Daily commuter cars are one of those applications where electric cars can work very well. They are still expensive, and unless you think they are kind of cool, I doubt they are for you. I’m posting here because for years I’ve considered converting my Mg Midget to electric, but felt the battery technology wasn’t there. Putting lead acid batteries that weighed a ton and lasted 2 to 3 years wasn’t an option. The “new” LiFePo4 batteries didn’t have much testing, and buying them direct from China seemed risky at best. What changed my mind to finally do my conversion was that LiFePo4 batteries have now been verified as truly good batteries by many converters. There are now many reputable stateside sources for them, with multiply brands to choose from. The other components needed to convert a car have also matured. Putting them all together is still a bit tricky, and will take good research to get the car to behave they way you want to. The information on how to do this is free, and on the web. Various electric conversion forums have large amounts information posted on their sites. The members are also very wiling to help with specific questions. My MG Midget now has a 70 to 75 mile range at 55 mph. It weighs 200 lbs more than the original, and has better performance than the gas version, and drives very much like the original car. Yes, it cost more than most restored Midgets would, but it was less than most new cars cost. I have over 1500 miles on it so far and drive it almost every day. So if you are like me, and have been thinking about converting a car, I urge you to take another look at what is available today. My site has more information about my conversion and I encourage you to visit even if you just a person who like custom modifications to you vehicle. If you any questions please don’t hesitate to ask, I’ll be happy to answer them. www.electricmgmidget.com