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Legal Aspects for Conversion to Electric Car

#1 04-Apr, 2009 12:36 AM
Vishal
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Hallo Everyone,

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?

Thanks in advance



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#2 04-Apr, 2009 04:21 PM
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Welcome to CW!

How do you plan to do the conversion?

Would have to get RTO clearance for the same.



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#3 04-Apr, 2009 04:30 PM
Pankaj Prasad
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Have a look at this post & the link provided therein.




I'm basically from Bihar; relocated here in Gujarat for years, and am a banker by profession. I have owned Enfield Bullet 350CC for 24 years (1985-2009); Tata Indica Turbo for 6 years (2006-2012); Tata Manza Elan Quadrajet since 2012 to present; and Tata Hexa XT since Oct 2018.
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#4 12-Apr, 2009 12:03 AM
Vishal
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Posted by Binoy Thomas

Welcome to CW!

How do you plan to do the conversion?

Would have to get RTO clearance for the same.

Hi Binoy,

Thanks for your reply!

To convert it into electric car, I will first take out all the junk from the front of the car, I mea the whole Engine. It will be replaced by an AC/DC Motor, pack of Li-Ion batteries and controller.



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#5 12-Apr, 2009 12:09 AM
Vishal
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Posted by Pankaj Prasad

Have a look at this post & the link provided therein.

Thanks Pankaj,

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
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#6 12-Apr, 2009 12:28 AM
Pankaj Prasad
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Thank Feroz for that link Smile

Do keep us updated with your experience. Thanks.




I'm basically from Bihar; relocated here in Gujarat for years, and am a banker by profession. I have owned Enfield Bullet 350CC for 24 years (1985-2009); Tata Indica Turbo for 6 years (2006-2012); Tata Manza Elan Quadrajet since 2012 to present; and Tata Hexa XT since Oct 2018.
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#7 12-Apr, 2009 06:24 AM
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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.



Last Updated: 12-Apr, 2009 06:27 AM, by Krishna
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#8 17-Dec, 2018 08:29 PM
Jibin Manual
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Hi Vishal,

Have you completed this conversion?

Were you able to get the paperwork done for your converted EV? Very excited to know.



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