However, one participant was quite possibly more satisfied with EVCCON than all the others. Brandon Hollinger was announced the winner of $20,000 (or more) worth of electric vehicle conversion components. The haul included fifty 180 Ah batteries from China Aviation Lithium Battery Company (CALB), a Soliton1 controller from EVnetics, a Warp9 DC motor from Netgain Motors and an electric air conditioning unit from Masterflux.
With three conversions already under his belt, Brandon accumulated the most votes with his plan to electrify a 1971 Austin FX4, which most would recognize as a classic London taxi. Once completed, the Austin will again be pressed into service with the dual mission of transporting people about Lancaster, PA and introducing them to the electric experience.
As part of the contest arrangement, EVTV will be following the build and featuring video segments on their "Friday show." It's thought that Hollinger's use of video was what garnered him hundreds of votes in the closing days of the contest. Hit the jump to see that video plus another he shot at EVCCON featuring a parade of many of the vehicles on hand for the event, along with the official press release.
EVTV ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE $20,000.00 "BUILD YOUR DREAM CAR" ELECTRIC CAR COMPONENTS CONTEST AT THE FIRST ANNUAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE CONVERSION CONVENTION
Cape Girardeau, Missouri – EVTV, producers of the weekly "Friday Show," announce Brandon Hollinger of Lancaster, PA winner of the EVTV Build Your Dream Car electric car components contest that was held at the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON) held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, September 21 – 25, 2011.
Ten finalists competed for the $20,000 component package including a NetGain Technologies Warp9 motor, an EVnetics Soliton1 controller, fifty 180 amp-hour CALB lithium-ion batteries, a Masterflux electric air conditioning kit and a Rechargecar Warp speed sensor.
Brian Noto, co-producer of the EVCCON said, "Winning this contest was no easy task. Brandon was selected as one of ten finalists out of nearly 1,000 entries during the year long vetting process. Then he had to convince our viewers, who had the final vote, that his project was worthy."
"I feel extremely humbled and honored to have won the batteries and conversion components, especially coming from a non-technical background," Hollinger said, "because we are all similarly eager to share the 'EV message,' the other finalists felt more like family than opponents."
Hollinger noted, "Jack Rickard, producer of the event and the other sponsors of the contest have given me a great jump-start on my fourth conversion... a London Taxi. I hope to somehow make the taxi available to the public as a limo or shuttle so they can experience first hand the elegance of electric drive. As Jack says 'To know one is to want one.'"
Dates for next year's Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention have been set for September 26-30, 2012 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
EVTV produces the weekly "Friday Show" an independent and fresh perspective for the enthusiast EV community: professional converters, niche manufacturers, University build teams, and enthusiast builders. EVTV has a focus on the conversion of existing classic and custom cars to electric drive and the entrepreneurial development of new vehicle forms with a very hands-on how-to format. For more information, visit www.evtv.me