• Aug 3, 2010
EcoV Electric LSEV – Click above for high-res image gallery

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.



Photos by Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Environmental Transportation Solutions]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      cost... TOO MUCH. I guarantee it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey look, headlights from 2005 Honda Civic :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      While these types of vehicles are interesting in their creation and design, they have few really practical uses due to the low maximum speed (mostly done to get past safety regs of real vehicles). The only roads I know of where speed limits are below 35 are in subdivisions, and those do not have retail shops (grocery stores, etc.). So these vehicles would either clog the 'faster' city roads (enraging other drivers), or be limited to neighbor visits (may as well walk).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed - make the max speed 40 or 45 and you would have a useable a city car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Inspiration clearly drawn from the Reliant Kitten/Robin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this sounds very close to a golf cart? really nothing special here