Please be aware that some of the information supplied
below is specifically for South Australia. Other states may have similar
requirements, but you must check with your local authorities before
starting on your conversion.
The steps below
are set out for a 'car'; the same steps would be similar for any
electric vehicle conversion.
Firstly, visit or contact the Safety and Regulation
Division of the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure at
Regency Park (Regency Park. Phone 1300 882 248). You will
need to collect or download these documents:-
"Chartered Professional Engineers"
fact sheet. This
is referred to in the above fact sheet.
Note: for MR620
Where a section is not modified, simply put the letters “STD” for
Note: This hint is from experience. When selecting your
professional engineer to certify your car after modifications, be
careful. If your are asked to fill in a form or give your details so that
a form may be filled in on the first visit, this "professional engineer"
is going to start charging you about $160.00 per hour, even for your
first (enquiry) visit. Choose another from the list.
You should talk to one of these engineers at the
beginning as they can give you ideas and may want to check progress with
you along the way.
There are two other documents which can be downloaded
from the internet which contain a wealth of useful information.
These are National Code Of Practice for Light Vehicle Construction and
"Vehicle Standards Bulletin 13(14)
- Section LV Alternative Power Units"
"Vehicle Standards Bulletin 14
- National Guidelines For The Installation Of Electric
Drives In Motor Vehicles"
Contact the Chartered Professional Engineer, you have
selected ** to discuss the project. They
may want to be across the proceedings along the way.
note above ^^
Read the "Conversion To Electric Drive"
fact sheet (or Information Bulletin 74) thoroughly because this must be
complied with before you have your car inspected by the Vehicle
Standards branch at Regency Park.
All aspects must be complied
with or the vehicle will not be approved.
Have your car weighed at a Registered
Weighbridge for total weight and individual front and rear weight.
Do this before you start and again when you have finished the
conversion. An official weight is required at the completion of the
conversion to submit at the time of inspection.
Check that the weighbridge can supply an official weigh note before your
I had mine done at Marion Sand & Metal at Mitchell Park.
This cost me $13.00 to obtain
an official weight.
Once you have worked out which electric motor and
which type of batteries you are going to use, complete the "Application
To Modify Motor Vehicle" (MR620) form and send it to Regency Park (The
address is on the form). If accepted they will send you a "Statement of
Requirements". Once this is received the proposed modification can
commence. You then have approximately one year to complete the
conversion otherwise you must apply (within that year) to extend your
"Statement of Requirements".
This form is not designed
for electric motors. Simply cross the "YES" box for "Is Engine
modified?" and then detail what you are going to do in the "Additional
Any section of the form for parts of the car not
being altered can be noted with "STD" in those places.
Regency Park may contact you to verify details with you.
One thing to check is Australian Design Rule #60 if
your car was made after July 1989.
This states: ADR 60—Centre High Mounted Stop Lamp
The function of this Australian Design Rule is to specify requirements
for a supplementary ‘Centre High-mounted Stop Lamp’ on the rear of the
vehicle, to provide an additional indication to other road users to the
rear of the vehicle that the driver of the vehicle is applying the
Also check that you car has a Tyre/Wheel/Axle/Vehicle load
capacity sticker usually in the drivers door jamb. (ADR 24?)
If your car was made after
July 1989, ensure that you fit a 'Centre Mounted Stop Lamp', if one is
not fitted, otherwise you may have 2 visits to Regency Park.
Once you have completed modifying your car to electric drive, have the
Chartered Professional Engineer check your car and supply you with an
engineering submission showing that your car meets all of the applicable Australian
Design Rules and that all modifications have been done to the standard
required. This is to done at least 5 days before the appointment with
the Vehicle Inspection Station at Regency Park.
The cost for this has been
quoted to be approx. $500.00 plus GST ** See
note above ^^
The next step is to make an appointment (Bookings
1300 882 247) with the Vehicle Inspection Station for an
inspection of your vehicle. (Kateena St at Regency Park)
Vehicle Inspection Fees
engineering submission you obtained from the Chartered Professional Engineer,
your "Statement Of Requirements" and your official weight notes with
you.Arrive at least 10 minutes early for the appointment to get
the paper work out the way. Remember to
attach a Trade Plate or obtain an Unregistered Vehicle Permit from any
Department for Transport...
Fees for this permit Customer Service Centre, before driving your
car to Regency Park, if your car is not registered.
All the best!
You can now register your car as an electric vehicle.