Ford Ranger EV

December 10, 2018

In December, 2018, I had an opportunity to get a FACTORY-BUILT electric pickup truck! This was a 1998 Ford Ranger EV. Back at that time, GM had built the EV-1 and there were other factory-built electric vehicles on the road. Those included electric versions of the Chevy S10 and the Ford Ranger. An owner in […]

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Tire Rack

December 1, 2018

Recently, some friends were posting on social media about best practices for storing tires, and mentioning various racks to hold them. While I would normally try something like this as a DIY project, the price was right, so I simply ordered a the rack. (Besides, one more project may have meant I wouldn’t have a […]

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Heat Hacks! Electric Blanket!

November 30, 2018

You might not believe it, but possibly one of the best things I’ve ever done to improve the heat in my car is to add an ELECTRIC BLANKET! I’ve had my Mitsubishi iMiEV electric car for a few years now. Overall, I love it. But one thing I do find lacking is the heat in […]

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NEST Smart Thermostat

November 22, 2018

A few months ago, I got a NEST smart thermostat. Since then, I’ve had enough time to try out all the features and decide that YES, I DO LIKE IT! For starters, I got it for free. A friend tipped me off that a utility rebate program we have was making them available, so I […]

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Cost to Power an Electric Car?

November 18, 2018

How much DOES it cost to charge an Electric Vehicle? The short answer is that EVs are very cheap to operate, only a few cents per mile. For the longer answer, we’ll have to make a few assumptions, and do some math. The common unit of energy for electricity is the “kilo-Watt-hour” or kWh. It’s […]

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How Stan Lee Made Me Who I Am

November 12, 2018

When I heard that Stan Lee passed away, I immediately decided to shoot a video about what it meant to me. Surprisingly, it was one of the hardest things I’ve done in a long time. Why was that? It’s probably because Stan Lee helped make me the man I am. I’m normally talking about clean […]

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Wisconsin Electric Vehicle Tax

October 7, 2018

While I knew it was coming, I still wasn’t happy to see it arrive… A $100 additional tax I’d have to pay for driving an electric car. But where did this new tax come from, and does it really help the State of Wisconsin Budget? This last year, the State of Wisconsin was in trouble.The […]

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Fixing Prius Mouse Damage

October 1, 2018

Well, it was a lot of work, but it’s done. I’ve repaired all the mouse damage in our 2004 Prius, and it’s working perfectly again! After our last post, I looked around for a replacement wire harness, and found one on eBay, but with a number of other components in a Prius pack and at […]

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There’s a WHAT in the Prius?!?

September 21, 2018

The other day, our 2004 Prius quit working. When I opened up the battery pack to find the problem, I couldn’t believe what I found inside. It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting! My wife had left the driveway and then pulled back in less than a minute later, traded cars, and left again. She […]

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Influence, Wallets, and Beer.

September 17, 2018

A few years back, I traveled out to Washington State for a Mother Earth News Fair. I gave several presentations about how I built my own electric car and motorcycle, as well as other various DIY Projects. While I was there, I was approached by a young man named Mark King. While still in High […]

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