IEEE Student Chapter


PROJECT:  Gas ATV to Electric ATV Conversion


Electric vehicles are the way of the future. They are currently the fastest growing vehicle market in the U.S. With electric trucks set to hit the market in the next year or two, the outlook is very positive. The need for electric vehicles is on the rise just as fast. As more taxes and laws are passed to reduce emissions gas-powered cars will have to keep trying to evolve leading to price raises that will match electric vehicles. This will allow electric vehicle to outperform gas-powered cars in almost every category.

For us as engineers, especially electrical and mechanical engineers, it is very important to keep up with the newest technology being used in the real world. This project presents us with the perfect opportunity to do just that. Starting with a gas-powered, four-wheeled ATV (all-terrain vehicle), we get to see all the components of modern gas-powered vehicle. Then converting it to electric, we get experience with the difference between electric- and gas-powered vehicles. We also get to put theories and equations learned in class into practice by building this electric four-wheeled ATV.

For us as students, this experience is invaluable for entering the workforce – especially for the few of us who are very interested in the new electric vehicle market. We now have hands-on knowledge we can carry over into the workforce. Overall, this project could be one of the most valuable experience for an engineering student at the University of North Alabama.


Ultimate Task:  Convert a gas-powered, four-wheeled ATV to a fully electric-powered, four-wheeled ATV.

Smaller Achievement Tasks:

  1. Make the vehicle capable of driving desirable distances:
    • Drive about campus without fear of the batteries failing.
  2. Being able to drive and maintain a certain speed:
    • Attain speeds of up to 15 or 20 mph.
  3. Being able to carry a certain weight:
    • Be able to carry a 200-pound rider comfortably.