Richard Marks spent 25 years as a General Motors engineer, and at the end of his tenure he was toiling away on the EV1. Following the now-infamous demise of GM's first electric vehicle, he went on to work for an assortment of suppliers before setting out to build a low-cost EV of his own: the EcoV Electric.
While the EcoV isn't likely to win any design or speed competitions, it does embody the DIY spirit of Maker Faire, and Marks has a partnership with a supplier, Energy Components Group (ECG) of St. Clair, Michigan, to produce the EcoV starting in early 2011. ECG has a facility in a renewable-energy renaissance zone that will be reconfigured to produce this four-seat electric car, which has a top speed of 25 mph and a range of 25-40 miles. The tubular steel space frame carries a rack full of deep-cycle, sealed lead-acid batteries, but there's no word on cost just yet.