I am really interested to convert my old Maruti 800 2000 model into an electric car. This will only be an internal modification of any engine. Could you provide me information that will this be legal act of modification under Motor Vehicles Act?
Have a look at this post & the link provided therein.
That indeed is helpful. So, it means the owner can do the internal changes as per Act of Motor Vehicles. My plan is to modify only the engine and fuel i.e. change the current one with an Electric motor and a pack of batteries. The outer shape will remain the same.
As Binoy said, I think I will have to get registration from RTO for my new engine carved out with an electric motor . I will try to take some time out and talk with RTO about this matter. Need a solid written proof and good info before I step into this act.
Last Updated: 12-Apr, 2009 12:12 AM, by vishal.arora82
Vishal, the modification that you will do will change substantially the description of the vehicle as appears on the registration papers (cubic capacity, type of fuel etc are all mentioned in the registration papers). So the exercise will be as good as re-registrering your vehicle with new specs.
I am verrry much interrrested in following this exercise. Earlier there was some talk about conversion of an OMNI to electric, but as it appears, the talks fizzled out. Let it not be similar in your case, follow it through till the completion.
You can have a look at the site www.forkenswift.com to see how Darin Cosgrove, the founder of ecomodder.com undertook a similar exercise by cannibalizing a forklift to convert his Metro (a 1 lit. vehicle similar to older Zen) to electric car by just spending $642 - there are meticulous accounts to arrive at this figure, and the conversion log is pretty detailed. You will benefit a lot studying how he managed to keep his conversion costs so low.
Keep us posted on how things work out. All the best!
PS: The 642 figure included the cost of a used car purchase, the forklift purchase and junk resale etc, so ~Rs. 35k is what the guy paid for EVERYTHING of his electric car.