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How much does it cost to convert your car to electric?

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Are you having an old car that you don’t wish to sell off any time soon? Do you think that the car is still in great shape but it’s no more road legal due to expired registration? Or do you simply want to continue using your car forever and ever? Well, we have a good news for you. If your answer to all or any of the above questions was in affirmative, you can simply avoid getting your car scrapped by converting it to electric. Read on for more on this along with the electric car conversion kit price. 

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5 Reasons to Convert your car to Electric

  • There can be many reasons to convert your car to electric. Here are some of the most common ones – 
  • The biggest benefit is the huge drop in emissions. The larger the number of electric vehicles plying on our road, the lesser will be the tailpipe emission. This will, ultimately, lead to cleaner air in your city.
  • Yet another benefit is the extremely low running cost. With fuel prices at an all-time high, running your car on electricity costs way lesser. This, in turn, lets you quickly recover the electric car kit price you would have paid. 
  • As there are far lesser components in an electric car compared to a conventional car with an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), there’s far lesser wear and tear. This leads to reduced maintenance costs. 
  • As electric cars don’t run on fossil fuels, you won’t have to take the headache of the periodic pollution check and procurement of PUCs. 
  • While Delhi-NCR has made it mandatory for diesel and electric cars to be scrapped in 10 and 15 years, respectively, there’s no such legal limit on an electric car.  

Types of Electric Vehicles

1. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) –

This is simply a fully electric vehicle wherein a battery provides fuel to an electric motor. This battery is charged through electricity and usually lasts for a couple of lakh kms/6 years before requiring replacement. The major components of BEVs are the battery and the electric motor driving the wheels. In India, most affordable electric vehicles are BEVs. Some common examples include MG ZS EV, Tata Tigor EV and Hyundai Kona. 

2. Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) –  

A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is simply a hybrid vehicle that consists of a conventional engine such as a petrol motor along with electric propulsion that takes place through the electric energy provided by a battery. A highlight of PHEVs is that the battery pack of these vehicles can be charged through an external electric power source. Also, the battery pack can be charged internally by the onboard internal combustion engine-powered generator. These cars are pretty expensive. Some examples of PHEVs on sale in India include Volvo XC90 Recharge and BMW 7 Series. 

3. Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) –

This is a more common hybrid vehicle wherein the internal combustion engine is aided by an electric motor. In these vehicles, the battery pack can’t be charged by an external source. Instead, it relies on energy regeneration and combustion engine-powered generators for its recharging needs. These cars are more affordable than PHEVs. Also, these can be used on electric energy only for a limited distance and at a limited speed. Some common examples include Honda City e:HEV and Maruti Grand Vitara Hybrid. 

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List of EV kits available in market with cost

Bosch eAxle Electric Conversion Kit
Bosch eAxle Electric Conversion Kit

1. Bosch eAxle Kit

Bosch is among the biggest automobile electronic manufacturers in the world. It offers an eAxle electric car kit that offers an efficiency of over 96% through usage of silicon carbide semiconductors. This conversion kit offers output of up to 300 kW and a torque output of up to 5,000 Nm. The motor weighs around 90kg. The price of this conversion kit is yet to be disclosed but we expect the details to be revealed in the coming months. 

2. Loop Moto

Next in line is the conversion kit from Loop Moto. It is ARAI-certified and is compatible with most popular cars like the Maruti Swift, Dzire, WagonR, Hyundai Accent, Verna, Honda Amaze and Honda City. This electric car conversion kit price ranges from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. It has a range of 180 km and offers a top speed of 80 km/h. The battery capacity is rated at 17.8 kWh. 

3. E-Trio

Even the E-Trio electric conversion kit is ARAI-certified and can be used for the electrification of models like the Maruti Alto, WagonR and Dzire. It offers a range of up to 180 km depending on the model you choose. Also, this kit is easy to install and the aforementioned cars can be converted to EVs using this kit in less than 48 hours. The price of this electric conversion kit is Rs 4 lakh. 

4. Bharat Kits

Bharat Kits were launched around a couple of years. They are ARAI-certified conversion kits available for popular cars like Maruti Alto, WagonR, S-Presso, Celerio and Dzire. The electric car conversion kit price for this unit is pegged at Rs 5 lakh. The kit offers a range of 80 km and a top speed of 80 km/h. The battery takes 4-5 hours for a full charge. 

5. Rexnamo Electro-Electric Car Conversion Kit 

This is a Ghaziabad-based company that can convert ICE-powered cars into EVs. In fact, this company has been in business for over 10 years now and has already converted hundreds of cars. The price of its conversion kits ranges from Rs 2.4 lakh to Rs 5.7 lakh. The kits can be used to even restore vintage cars from Mercedes, Porsche, et al. The kit offers a range of 80 km and a top speed of 88 km/h. 

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Common questions about EV conversion

Q- Where can you get my old car converted to electric?

A- There are a handful of companies in India that offer conversion kits for your ICE-powered cars. You can approach these companies to get your car converted into an electric vehicle.

Q- What is the cost of getting your car converted to electric?

A- While there is no fixed cost of electric conversion, the average cost to convert your petrol car into electric is roughly Rs 5 lakh. This may vary depending on the exact kit you choose for the conversion.

Q- What modifications are required to convert your car to electric?

A- The entire internal combustion engine and all the related components are removed from the vehicle. The electric drivetrain is then retrofitted. The electric motor replaces the engine, while the electrical system is modified due to the inclusion of the battery pack.

Q- What is the charging time for converted electric vehicles?

A- Most sellers of electric conversion kits claim that it takes around 5 to 6 hours to fully charge a battery. Also, most kits offer fast charging facility that allows up to 80% charge in less than an hour. However, the exact time for charging depends on the electric car conversion kit that is used.

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Should You Scrap or Swap Your ICE Car with Electric Drivetrain?

At times, you might think that scrapping your old car instead of swapping its ICE with an electric drivetrain is a better idea. However, it’s not the case. For instance, scrapping an old Maruti Alto will fetch you some Rs 12,000. However, if you choose to convert it into an electric car, it will cost you roughly Rs 5 lakh. While this is many times more than the scrap value, keep in mind the cost of a new car that you will have to bear to replace your old Alto. Additionally, you’ll also have to pay through the roof for the fuel bills. In contrast, you’ll have to spend almost nothing on running an electric car. Hence, in most cases, it makes incredible sense to not scrap but swap your car’s internal combustion engine with an electric motor. 

Things to keep in mind when converting your car to electric

  • An electric conversion kit offers a maximum range of 180 km. This is much lower than the range your car currently offers on a full tank of fuel. 
  • Like a brand new electric car, even a converted electric car will take hours to charge fully. Even if using a fast charger, it will take up to an hour, which is a lot more than the time you usually spend at a fuel station.
  • Converting your current car into an electric vehicle isn’t cheap. In fact, you can probably buy an entry-level petrol car for the save money. While a petrol car will be a lot costlier to run, it will be a brand new model. Hence, you should decide based on the monthly running of your vehicle. 
  • Even though you can change the petrol/diesel engine and run your car on electric motor, all other components will remain old. Hence, in case your car’s suspension components and other parts demand major repairs that will cost you dearly, it makes sense to scrap. 
  • Many people who drive electric vehicles miss the thrill of driving a conventional car with a petrol or a diesel engine. Hence, you should make sure you’re open to the idea of driving an electric car without any issues. 

Conclusion

It’s clear that electrification is a good move in case you want to keep using your car without worrying about its RC approaching expiry. However, as explained above, it’s not always a good idea to modify your car into an EV. The electric car conversion kit price will set you back by at least Rs 5 lakh, which could be far more than the value of your current vehicle. Also, in case you don’t use your car much, it doesn’t make sense to choose an EV over an ICE-powered car. Ultimately an electric car conversion kit gives you the freedom of retaining your current vehicle instead of snapping it. However, we recommend you to consider all factors before you finally take the plunge in the EV world.

FAQs

Q- Can you convert any car to electric?

A-  Although not always a practical solution, theoretically, any car can be converted into an all-electric or hybrid vehicle. 

Q- What is the best car to convert to electric?

A- Commuters like Maruti Alto or WagonR or Dzire can be considered as the models of choice to cover car to electric. If you convert petrol car to electric, you can save on running costs. Also, lightweight sports cars can be converted into electric cars as their light weight will ensure the performance doesn’t get affected from the conversion.

Q- Is it worth converting a car to electric?

A- There’s no straight answer to whether you should convert car to electric. If you wish to retain your current car that is approaching its RC expiry and even benefit from lower running costs, you can surely convert to electric. It will even cost you a lot lesser than buying a new electric car. However, if your current car requires heavy maintenance of non-engine-related components and you don’t plan to use it much, the cost of EV conversion won’t justify the expenditure. Hence, the right answer to this question is highly subjective.

 

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