Many people have asked the question "Why did you convert your Jeep to an Electric Vehicle!?" There is no simple answer I can give you to explain why I decided to convert my Jeep to an Electric Vehicle. Instead, I can answer that question by discussing the pros of electric drive systems versus Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) and why I believe in what I'm doing.
Not reliant on a single fuel source!
The first and biggest pro of the electric drive system is simple: NO Gas! Yes, you read it correctly, NO Gas on board the vehicle whatsoever. This has some obvious benefits. First, I will no longer be trapped into buying gas at the increasing prices that we all see at the pumps today. No matter how much you'd like to believe otherwise, oil (and thus gasoline) is a non-renewable resource. It doesn't simply congeal out of thin air. As oil becomes a more and more finite resource, the prices creep higher and higher. Add to this situation the fact that the majority of the gas purchased is wasted as heat due to the terrible efficency of ICEs. The result is that ICE vehicles like my stock Jeep cost over 4 times as much money to operate per-mile then the same vehicle as an EV. More on how this compares later on the Specifications Page
A clean vehicle for a healthier Earth!
The second best plus of converting to electric power is simple: No Emissions! If you think about it, all the emissions that your normal vehicle produces come from the internal combustion process. You read above that Electric Vehicles use NO Gas, so now you can see that Electric Vehicles also produce NO Emissions. Note here that I'm referring to emissions of the vehicle
(also known as "tailpipe" emissons). I'm NOT talking about the emissions that may be produced from the creation/refinement and/or distribution of a fuel, be it gasoline, electricity, or any other fuel. This is beyond the scope of this page. Tailpipe emissions from Gas-powered vehicles are a huge hazard to our environment, as well as our personal health. Not only are we breathing these toxins almost everywhere we go, but global warming of our Earth is sped up by the emissions of millions of ICE vehicles worldwide.
Converting my Jeep to an Electric vehicle removes one more polluting gas ICE from daily service. You're now probably thinking "Hey, Power Plants throw harmful emissions into the air just like Internal Combustion Engines do." They infact do pollute too. But let it be known that it is not appropiate to compare power plant emissions to tailpipe emissions of ICE vehicles. This would be comparing apples to oranges. For an apples to apples comparison, you'd have to compare power plant emissions to oil refinery and oil pipeline/distribution emissions. Also, who said anything about me using power from a power plant!? What If my electric vehicle is charged with power produced from solar panels, windmills, or other non-polluting sources? (as it will be in the future.) Even if I am currently getting my power from a power plant, it is much much easier to regulate emissions from a small number of power plants versus trying to enforce emissions laws on millions of independently owned vehicles in the United States alone.
More energy "bang" for your buck!
Electric motors, being over 85-95% efficient produce little waste heat under normal circumstances. This is unlike Internal Combustion Engines which waste over 80% of their energy in unwanted heat.
No Rediculous Complexity!
Keep It Simple, Stupid! (KISS)
Also, the simplicity of the Electric Vehicle traction system is a big benefit over typical Internal Combustion Engine setups. The engine compartments of most vehicles are cram-packed with lots of mechanical, electrical, and emissions related components. Since electric vehicles create no harmful emissions, absolutely NO emission control components are found in an EV. Also, there are no fuel and air delivery systems to deal with. Instead, Electric Vehicles utilize fairly simple traction systems consisting of the Batteries, Motor, Motor Controller, Charger, and wiring accessories. If a problem were to arise, the small number of components makes finding and diagnosing the problem much easier, so a solution can be quickly implemented.
For peace, quiet, and better enjoyment of music!
Another great fact about electric vehicles is they put out virtually no noise! Unlike Internal Combustion Engines which produce a lot of noise due to the internal combustion process, electric motors make very little or no noise during operation.