Now that you’ve invested in the green technology of an electric car, you want to make sure you maintain it and keep it running efficiently. Like a gas combustion vehicle, electric cars do need regular attention, and sometimes you will need to find replacement parts for electric cars.
Converting an old car to electric is a fast-growing hobby, too. For enthusiasts looking to finish their project, finding the right parts for electric cars can be time-consuming.
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Because an electric car has fewer moving parts than one with an internal combustion engine, you’ll find it requires less maintenance and repair. An electric car might be a more significant investment, but overall, they’re cheaper to own. And this isn’t just because electricity is cheaper than gas. It’s because electric motors only have one moving part that can wear down with use.
You might not know where to find electric vehicle parts, if this is your first such car.
Parts of Electric Cars That Need Regular Replacement
There really aren’t many parts on an electric car that wear out, simply because there are fewer moving parts. However, the ones that are important are vital:
Like any car, the brakes on your car will need replacement as they become worn. You can expect the brakes to last longer than those on your gas or diesel vehicle, however. This is because there’s less resistance when the electric motor helps you bring the car to a stop by reducing power.
Suspension and steering
Moving parts outside of your electric car’s engine are subject to wear from friction, just as they are in a gas-powered car. The good news is that, because of the lower vibration in an electric car, the steering and suspension systems should last longer without wear.
Electric car batteries vary on lifespan. After some time, the battery won’t hold a charge as long as it did when it was new. Some electric car batteries need replacement after three years. However, the newer lithium-ion batteries are meant to last for ten years.
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Conversion Parts for Electric Cars
If you’re considering converting your existing gas-powered car to electric, you’ll need to start from square one with a motor, controller, charger, and batteries. You can also purchase a complete conversion kit that includes everything but the battery.
Electric car parts list for conversion
A list of the parts needed for a conversion includes:
- The host vehicle for the conversion
- Adapter plate/couplers
- Cabling and lugs
- Potentiometer Box
- Emergency disconnect
- Precharge Resistor
- Battery box
- Heater (if you live in a cold weather zone)
You can also buy conversion kits for a few common vehicles from an electric car parts company. These kits come with detailed instructions. As a result, most hobbyists find the model-specific kits easiest to use. Most importantly, the manufacturer has machined every component specifically sized for that vehicle. Alternatively, you can buy a universal conversion kit if you’re interested in testing your mechanical skills.
You can even find step-by-step tutorials online for converting an old car to electric.
Searching for Electric Vehicle Parts
Depending on your budget and your requirements, you can find parts for electric cars online, in new, used, and refurbished condition. If your electric car is new, you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s or dealer’s site, first.
Canadian Electric Vehicles
Canadian Electric Vehicles offers electric vehicles for business and industrial use. But more importantly, they offer parts for electric cars and conversion kits.
Electric Car Parts Company
The Electric Car Parts Company deals mainly in batteries and battery management systems, but they also cover a wide range of electrical parts like chargers and wiring components.
EV West carries everything you need for your electric vehicle. From conversion kits to controllers to instrumentation, EV West is one of the largest sellers of parts for electric cars. They also carry used parts, which is great if you’re on a budget. Their resource pages also hosts a number of useful tools, such as calculators and tax credit forms. Along with a schematics library, this is a top site for fans of electric vehicles.
Like most electric car parts dealers, Evolve handles mainly electrical components. They offer motors, batteries, and battery management systems. Best of all, the website is simple to navigate and easy to use.
EV America was founded by Bob Batson in 1988, making it one of the longest-held electric car parts distributors in the country. Along with parts for electric cars like battery systems and instrumentation, it even offers a troubleshooting guide and a directory of resources for electric car aficionados. In additions, they even have a small list of conversion garages if you’d rather have a professional do the work.
Finding Used Parts for Electric Cars
You can find used electric car parts If you’re converting an internal combustion engine car to electric or building your own. You can also try local sources, like your city Craigslist listing or Facebook Marketplace. However, since availability is limited, check out a few of the websites that carry used parts for electric cars.
EV Tradin’ Post
Along with new and used parts, you can find electric vehicles on EV Tradin’ Post, as well. Electric car enthusiasts who have already converted a car to electric use this site to sell them. However, shipping might be a bit expensive.
At any given time, there are tens of thousands of car parts available from sellers on eBay Motors. Additionally, you can also get many of the used, which can save you a lot of money. The eBay Motors website even has a handy lookup tool for finding the right part for your vehicle make and model.
Experts are predicting that 2018 will be the year of the electric car. Major companies will start competing directly with internal combustion. Furthermore, the cost of electric batteries has been halved in the last decade. And, changes in infrastructure mean charging stations are more accessible.
It makes sense to learn more about maintaining an electric vehicle. A few countries in Europe have put the deadline on the internal combustion engine. Eventually, the U.S. will follow. And although it seems unlikely gas-powered cars will be banned entirely anytime soon; electric cars may become the norm sooner than we imagine.
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