From the monthly archives:

May 2010

Slick 3-wheeler, teenager made

May 31, 2010

Last year, at the MREA Energy Fair, I met Mark while I was showing off my home-built electric car. He had photos with him – a super-cool electric three-wheeler, complete with a fiberglass body and canopy. While browsing through YouTube, I stumbled across a video on him and his trike. I hope to see Mark [...]

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EV DVD Coming Soon!

May 31, 2010

Hi Everyone. We are currently in production on a “Build Your Own Electric Car” instructional DVD. Expected run-time should be around two hours. It’s going to be a challenge to pack in all the information we can about Controllers, Motors, Chargers, and conversion tips and tricks. We expect to have the video ready by the [...]

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Perpetual Motion Solved! Regen Alternator.

May 29, 2010

One of the most common questions I get about my electric car is if I do regenerative braking on it. The answer is “No”. Like many other home EV builders, I’m using a plain, series-wound, DC motor. Those motors are just not designed for regenerative breaking. So of course the next comment is “Couldn’t I [...]

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Chris’ EV Cycle comes home

May 28, 2010

After a long day at Autocross, I helped my friend Chris bring home his electric motorcycle. He had it at an art metals class, where students used the cycle as a project for designing real-world motorcycle parts. In this case they sculpted a metal body for the bike. My favorite way to move an EV [...]

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EV Autocrossing

May 25, 2010

Hey Everyone, This weekend, I was invited by some new friends to come out to an “Auto-Cross” event. I really wasn’t familiar at all with Autocross, but it sounded interesting. Basically, it’s racing a car (just about any car, doesn’t have to be fancy!) around a track made of cones. Racing is based on time, [...]

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