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VECTRIX – Assemble!

February 28, 2015

Today, I spent the afternoon putting the Vectrix electric motorcycle back together. After originally taking it apart, manually charging the batteries, connecting them with jumper-cables, and finally getting the cycle to communicate with a computer, it was time to put it all back together. I started by removing the jumper cables that I used as […]

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Vectrix Repair Work Continues

December 17, 2014

Last week, I had some time available to work on the Vectrix. It was an hour or so at a time over a number of days, and frankly, I’ve been more excited about the vehicle than actually blogging about it, so here’s a whole bunch of an update all at once! The first step was […]

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Suzuki SV650 Electric Motorcycle

February 9, 2020

One of the joys of going to FULLY CHARGED LIVE (Feb 1 & 2, 2020 in Austin, Texas, USA) was meeting people in the real world who I otherwise only knew via the internet. Robert Powell is one such person. We met up with him before the event opened and got a chance to see […]

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So, you want to build an Electric Car?

May 1, 2019

Through web forums, e-mail, and social media, I’m constantly asked “How do I build an electric car?” Sometimes it’s from a person in a foreign country, with broken English. Sometimes it’s in the form of “where do I get the motor you used?” and sometimes it’s well thought out, but still a flurry of smaller […]

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Electric Truck Camping

January 8, 2019

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of “For Sale” items popping up on Facebook, including one that intrigued me – an old-fashioned Truck Camper. This particular one was a 1971 model year, in overall good condition, and going for only $500. What would it take to build an ELECTRIC RV? As far as I’m concerned, […]

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Battery Range

July 1, 2018

So, how far CAN you go in an electric car? The short answer is as far as you need to go. The longer answer is 4 miles per kilowatt hour of usable battery. When I originally built the Electric Geo Metro, it really was only designed with about a 20 mile range in mind. I […]

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A visit from Benswing Rich – Electric Biker

June 27, 2016

About the only thing as much fun as a long-distance trip on an electric motorcycle is a friend stopping by who is ON a long-distance trip on an electric motorcycle! On Tuesday, I was fresh back from the MREA Energy Fair when Ben “Benswing” Rich stopped by my house. He’s out on tour this summer […]

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Leaf Cells in a Scooter

June 2, 2016

Lately, a lot of people have been asking about using Nissan Leaf Cells in various projects, including smaller electric scooters. I happened to have my Vectrix battery pack out of the cycle, as I was planning on doing some work with it anyways. It LOOKED like a pack of 8 of these cell modules (for […]

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What I DON’T like about the iMiEV

December 7, 2015

In my last blog entry, I told you what I like about the iMiEV electric car. In this entry, I’ll tell you what I DON’T like about it…. The good news is that most of my dislikes are actually rather minor. That said, here we go. HEAT The heater in the car isn’t that great. […]

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New Scooter/DIY Battery

November 15, 2015 People are ALWAYS asking me about good deals on electric vehicles or ways to use DIY to get a great price on a build-your-own setup. That’s one reason why I was excited to get a call from Matt at Flux Mopeds. Flux has been doing some great work designing, manufacturing and selling electric scooters. […]

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