300MPG.org is a web page and blog dedicated to people who take positive action to improve their own transportation options. From electric vehicles charged from the sun to just making sure you have the right amount of air in your tires, we can all make a difference to create a a better future, while still gettin’ around.

The site is administered by Ben Nelson, a self-professed tinkerer, who once almost accidentally built a motorcycle that gets the equivalent of over 300 miles per gallon.

If you have a great project that shows off what the common man (or woman) can do for a cleaner, more sustainable transportation future, let us know, and help share the story.

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1 admin October 17, 2019 at 8:36 am

Hi Tom,
It is possible to build a budget-based Electric Vehicle, but there’s usually a pretty steep learning curve, and you want to make sure you have reasonable expectations up front.
Please read my article on what it takes to get started, which also includes links to the Build Your Own Electric Car video series, and other resources to get you started.

2 admin October 17, 2019 at 8:38 am

Hello Andre!
What you most likely want to do is just to switch out the chargers for some more typical single-phase chargers.
I know that some of the other versions of the Smith trucks used single-phase and had J1772 inputs on them. Seth, at Muller Industries had at least two trucks like that, but some of the parts, including the single phase chargers, had already been stripped off.
There are a lot of different chargers out there, and I’m sure you could find one compatible that runs on single phase.

3 Timothy Work November 17, 2019 at 6:26 pm

Hi Ben
I just want thank you for sharing your projects and advice, I really enjoy them. I hope to build my own electric vehicle. Thanks Tim in Ohio

4 Ben Nelson November 17, 2019 at 7:13 pm

Hi Tim!
Glad you like them. Thanks for the kind words.

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