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|22nd June 2008, 07:37||#1|
Converting petrol car to electric. Legal issues
I got this query from a group of engineering students asking the possible issues (legal, non legal, etc...) one could face if they convert a normal petrol car to fully electric.
Need your advice on this as they want to run the car on the road instead of wasting it as a show piece.
|22nd June 2008, 21:05||#4|
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Is this a regular petrol hatch / sedan that they have converted to electric, or a car that has been built from the ground up? Getting the relevant permission from the local transport authorities will be a nightmare. Unlike an engine swap job that runs on petrol / diesel, they have dumped an electric motor in the bay. I wouldn't think too many RTO officers would have a clue of how to go about testing and legalising it.
If they are up to it, I am sure that some of us would love to help them with making their electric car street legal. Or atleast try to. Can you have those engineering students come onboard and post some more details of their car?
|23rd June 2008, 01:12||#5|
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Maybe Mr bobby_jayaram could help you with some information since he is involved with the Reva.
Cant you put a "ON TEST" on the numberplate
|23rd June 2008, 19:12||#6|
They want to swap the engine of a regular petrol car with an electric motor and run it on the road for regular use after their project is over.
They want to know of any issues that could crop while renewing PUC tests, registration, insurance, tax etc....
|23rd June 2008, 20:06||#7|
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As long as the project is non - commercial and for research / study purpose no body can question you since it comes under "fair-use" doctrine. But you should make sure that it doesnot create any cumbersome effects for public / road / traffic etc.
please appreciate your students to go ahead with the project. My best wishes.
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