MakeMineElectric, LLC
electric car conversions
Make Mine Electric

FAQ's

Performance

Q: How fast can EVs go?
Q: How far can I drive between charges?
Q: How much will it cost me to drive my EV?
Q: What kind of systems do you install in your conversions?

Batteries

Q: How long does it take to recharge?
Q: How does recharging work?
Q: What's the best time of day to recharge?
Q: What kind of batteries do you use?
Q: How long will the batteries last?

Service

Q: Who will service my car?
Q: How much service will my EV require?

Purchasing Questions

Q: What kind of vehicles do you offer ready to order?
Q: What would it cost to convert my car?
Q: Can any vehicle be converted?
Q: How long does a conversion take?
Q: Can I get regenerative braking?
Q: What is the next step in purchasing or converting an electric vehicle?

Why Electric

Q: What are the benefits of driving an electric car?
Q: Is an EV more environmentally friendly than other alternative fuel sources?
Q: Don't EVs just move pollution from one place to another?
Q: Don't EVs still rely on oil to produce electricity?
Q: Can I use solar power to charge my EV?

FAQ's Answered

Performance

Q: How fast can EVs go?
A: The first time you drive an electric car, prepare to be surprised. Within seconds you're at freeway speeds. Acceleration is powerful because electric motors operate at 100% torque at any rpm.

Q: How far can I drive between charges?
A: Range depends on a number of factors including the type of batteries selected and the number of batteries used. Most daily driving is well under 100 miles so most people, once they understand the benefits of driving with electricity, will be well served by a car with a range of 100 to 180 miles. (By General Motors estimate, a car with a range of just 40 miles would meet the needs of 80% of all commuters.) Ranges of 300 miles on a charge exist today, but are impractical for most cars given the current cost of batteries.

Q: How much will it cost me to drive my EV?
A: EVs are the most efficient cars on the road. The Toyota RAV4 EV is rated 112 mpg equivalent. If you purchase electricity off the grid from your local power company, your EV will cost you about 2 cents per mile. www.fueleconomy.gov

Q: What kind of systems do you install in your conversions?
A: We use A/C (Alternating Current) and the latest battery technology.

Batteries

Q: How long does it take to recharge?
A: Recharging time depends on the amperage of the charging system. To recharge a completely drained battery from an ordinary 120V socket would take overnight. If you invest in a 220V 25 amp plug (like the one that powers your dryer,) you can reach 90% of full charge in less than 1 hour. Most charging is done at night, or while you are working, so charge time is not critical.

Q: How does recharging work?
A: You can charge anywhere there is an electric outlet. Think of it like your cell phone: plug your car in when you get home and unplug it in the morning when you're ready to leave. Plugging in takes less than 5 seconds of your time and means no more trips to the gas station.

Q: What's the best time of day to recharge?
A: Off-peak times, especially nighttime, when more electricity is being generated than is being used, are the best times. Contact your local electricity provider to discuss off-peak charging rates with a time-of-use meter.

Q: What kind of batteries do you use?
A: We use Lithium ion batteries, the best battery technology available today.

Q: How long will the batteries last?
A: Newer battery technologies are demonstrating longer lives. Lithium ion batteries can be cycled (charged and discharged) 1,000 to 3,000 times according to battery manufacturers. You influence battery life by the way you drive; smooth acceleration and proper battery charging help extend battery life.

Service

Q: Who will service my car?
A: Make Mine Electric can service your car or we will provide complete documentation that can be used by any qualified EV technician.

Q: How much service will my EV require?
A: EVs require less maintenance than gasoline vehicles. There are fewer moving parts and therefore less preventative maintenance. (No oil to change, no smog equipment to check, no power steering fluids to refill.) Brake life is generally extended since the motor is used to slow the car, recapturing energy and storing it back in the battery.

Purchasing Questions

Q: What kind of vehicles do you offer ready to order?
A: Make Mine Electric has found several vehicles which have good profiles for conversions. We offer Porsche speedster and Mercedes gull-wing replicas as well as conversions on several production vehicles.

Q: What would it cost to convert my car?
A: A basic conversion starts at $20,000. The condition of the donor car impacts the cost, as does the components you select.

Q: Can any vehicle be converted?
A: Yes. Even though it may not be the ideal vehicle, you may wish to convert an older, heavier vehicle because the style appeals to you.

Q: How long does a conversion take?
A: A conversion can take 3 months or longer. Some of the replica car manufacturers require 6 months to build your car to order.

Q: Can I get regenerative braking?
A: Our AC systems always include regenerative braking. Regenerative braking adds 10 to 14% to the range of a vehicle and reduces wear and tear on the brakes.

Q: What is the next step in purchasing or converting an electric vehicle?
A: Contact Make Mine Electric at (707) 823-2658. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Why Electric

Q: What are the benefits of driving an electric car?
A: There are many: cleaner air, reduced dependence on foreign oil, and lower cost-per-mile driven.

Q: Is an EV more environmentally friendly than other alternative fuel sources?
A: Electric cars are far more efficient than gasoline cars. Combustion powered cars, even those using biodiesel, ethanol, or hydrogen, can make use of only about 20% of the energy they burn, whereas EVs are about 80% efficient.

Q: Don't EVs just move pollution from one place to another?
A: EVs reduce emissions of green house gases and most other pollutants compared with gasoline cars or hybrids. Power generation plants are less polluting than gasoline vehicles because it is simpler to regulate emissions from a smaller number of power plants than from 200 million tailpipes. And EVs get cleaner as the electrical grid gets cleaner.

Q: Don't EVs still rely on oil to produce electricity?
A: No. Most electric power generation in the U.S. does not use oil. In 2005, California's electrical power mix was sourced as follows: natural gas 37.7%, coal 20.1%, large hydro 17.0%, nuclear 14.5%, renewables 10.7% (includes biomass and waste, geothermal, small hydro, solar, and wind.) www.energy.ca.gov

Q: Can I use solar power to charge my EV?
A: Yes. EVs typically travel 3 to 4 miles per kWh. If you drive 12,000 miles annually, you will need 3,000 to 4,000 kWh. A 1.5 to 3kW PV system, requiring 150 to 300 square feet of roof space can generate that for you. EVs make investment in individual or business solar systems more compelling. By generating your own electricity, you can drive virtually pollution-free.