July 30, 2020

Everything About Electric Car Modifications

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What You Need to Know About Electric Car Modifications  

With the increasing demand for electric cars, which has rapidly grown over the past decade, the demand to modify them has also increased. With France and the UK planning to ban all sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, it’s no surprise that people are already converting to electric vehicles. Inevitably, electric cars are the future of motoring, but we’re still demanding the performance that comes with gas vehicles. 

How are electric vehicles different to gas vehicles? 

Aside from the fact that EVs run on electric, and other vehicles require petrol or diesel, there are various other differences between the two. 

EVs have a rechargeable battery alongside an electric motor, which is why they can also sometimes be known as battery electric vehicles. This differentiates them from hybrid vehicles. EVs do not need a clutch and gearbox, or exhaust pipe, which makes them much quieter and smoother to drive.  

Electric Car Modifications  

After years of tinkering with petrol and diesel cars, making modifications to increase speed and performance, car tuners all over are likely wondering how they can play with electric cars in the future. Fortunately, there are many ways to enhance EVs including:  

  • Battery upgrades 

By increasing the battery capacity, your car will start running at a higher voltage and will release more power automatically. It’s not uncommon for batteries to be swapped out for more efficient or newer ones, as batteries age and degrade. 

  • Electric motors 

Electric motors are at the heart of EVs and are a great deal simpler than a combustion engine, due to there being less parts. Adding more motors to the wheel will give double the amount of power than the original set up.  

  • Car computer management  

If you can gain access to the car’s computer management system, you can usually tamper with some of the settings to extract more power. As with all EVs, manufacturers will trim power output to meet various requirements. It’s not unlikely for an EV manufacture to release a car, get the car insurance graded and then release a software update later that increases the power. Be aware, however, that such modifications may impact the car’s warranty. 

  • Battery cooling 

If you can keep the batteries cooler you stand a chance of getting more power as most EVs are setup to cut power when batteries get to a certain temperature. 

EV Tuning to Increase Speed  

EVs aren’t currently capable of being quicker than your typical gas-powered car. Gas-powered cars have a specific performance advantage in which they can reach top speeds, for longer periods of time. This means that electric car owners might be wondering about EV tuning, and what they can do to make their vehicle more competitive against a gas-powered car. 

As long as you have the capacity, the battery, the current, and the cabling to move one to the other, you can quite literally ask for more amps to make your EV go faster, or dial it down to make it more efficient. This is no simple task, however. 

The challenges of EV tuning  

To go about EV tuning, you need to know about coding, overclocking, electrical engineering, and computer programming. Be prepared that you’re dealing with an entirely different system, and your previous knowledge of engines will be mostly useless. For example, as Michael Wein of Audi explains it: 

“…in internal combustion vehicle programs, each system could be developed more or less independently — but in an electric vehicle, the battery, motor, cooling, chassis, transmission, and electronics, and even the suspension, are all developed as a complete package in a single, very large team. The resulting systems work much faster and in complete harmony with each other — and are in fact already engineered to maximize performance as much as possible.” 

It’s difficult to deny the change coming to the automotive industry, and it’s certainly already underway. We’re intrigued to see what the future has in store when it comes to modifying electric vehicles. As put by  Advance Auto Parts:  

“This era is much like the transition from carburettors to electronic fuel injection (EFI) in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Enthusiasts said EFI would be the death of the performance car, the DIY mechanic, and hot rodding. Instead the highly adaptable technology lead to the modern golden age of performance we now enjoy.” 

At Keith Michaels we understand the joy that comes out of successful car modifications, which is why we know how important it is to ensure your modified vehicle are properly insured. We provide cover for a range of different changes, so find out more about our modified vehicle insurance