The small book provides a basic guide for the battery powered conversion of existing petrol engined cars. It is considered that a converted vehicle will meet the basic test requirements for brakes, lights etc, whereas a purpose-built battery powered vehicle would require too much effort. Suitable circuits and designs are given of the simple conversion. The electrical essentials of a battery car are explained. Motors and their control, driver and transmissions, batteries and their charging are considered. Approximate limits to battery car performance are derived. The relative merits of each system are examined. In each case, attempts are made to keep costs as low as possible when deciding on the recommended design. As two-seaters, the cars converted have to total weight of 0.8 to 0.9 tonne and a range of 60 km at 40 km/h or 30 km at 60 km/h is possible. Details are given of three conversions: a Reliant 3-wheeler, a BOND Bug and a Berkeley sports car. Some weight and friction reductions are performed; suspensions and body work also need strengthening to carry the batteries.

  • Corporate Authors:

    London University, England

    Department of Electrical Engineering
    London WC1,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Prigmore, B J
    • Wykes, F C
    • Freeman, A T
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 76 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309036
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM