Earlier this month, EZ EV founder Gary Krysztopik told Plug In Cars that his DIY electric vehicle kit could be built in a week. Who knew that we'd be able to think of this as a near eternity so soon? That's because we've got another company that says its do-it-yourself EV can be built in an hour. Times are changing, rapidly.

OSVehicle (the OS stands for Open Source), the brainchild of Macau-born Francisco Liu, says its Tabby and Urban Tabby vehicle lines can be constructed in about the same time it takes to watch a couple of sit-coms. The cars have what the company calls a "universal chassis" and can be built to specs supporting battery-electric, hybrid or internal combustion engine powertrains. While the Tabby may be more of the "take it out to the farm and see if it blows up" variety, OSVehicle says the Urban Tabby can be constructed to something approaching street legality, complete with headlights and turn signals. Additionally, OSVehicle is looking to start selling pre-built versions of the cars later this year. Prices range from about $5,500 to $8,200.


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      Sekinu2
      • 11 Months Ago
      Congrads on building......an electric golf cart..Wait havent we had those for over 50 years already?
      EVnerdGene
      • 11 Months Ago
      springs and shocks we don't need no stinkin' springs and shocks
        posthuf
        • 11 Months Ago
        @EVnerdGene
        Looks like it's not intended to go any faster or further than a golf cart - most of which also don't have springs or shocks.
          EVnerdGene
          • 11 Months Ago
          @posthuf
          typical 15mph (stock) golf carts do indeed have springs and shocks I don't know of any golf cart, past or present, that does not have springs and shocks. It would be nearly impossible to transverse even the slightest of varying terrain without - unless the frame was mushy mushy.
      Jorge Pinto
      • 11 Months Ago
      The bloomberg piece shows the skeleton of the depicted car... that's the one being sold in kit, what's depicted here in a much more panelized/polished thing. That said, I am afraid the biggest hurdle for such a kit is the myriad of red tape nightmares to get the vehicle homologated for road use... it would only make sense if OSVehicle would homologate a car as in would be sold in kit in each country, so that upon a technical inspection of the customer-built ones, the customer got the homologation stamped on. But such a kit needs to comply with so many safety/signalling/etc regulations, I can hardly see how could OSvehicle tackle suck a task... unless they pick only one or two countries.
      danfred311
      • 11 Months Ago
      Needs work. Instead of silly cars, just make a super light tesla roadster style EV with 100kg battery. It's a very simple car if you think about it. Should be very cheap. Only 2 seats, 2 doors, tiny car, only has to lift 2 people. But noooooo, people would much rather be stupid.
        posthuf
        • 11 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        >"But noooooo, people would much rather be stupid."< And elect the guy who gave away enough to employ 8 million unemployed to companies wanting to spend it on dreams and fairy dust. Yeah, people would rather be stupid!
        EVnerdGene
        • 11 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        "But noooooo, people would much rather be stupid." This vehicle stupid? OK Dan, there must be something out there that is not "stupid?"
        J
        • 11 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        If you're so much smarter than they are, why haven't you made the roadster?
        Grendal
        • 11 Months Ago
        @danfred311
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhvDMhrws1o Plan 9 from Outer Space Reminds me of Dan. :)
      Koenigsegg
      • 11 Months Ago
      Oh thats definitely safe.
        Grendal
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        Just as safe, if not more, than a motorcycle or a scooter and there are tens of millions of those around.
          Marcopolo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          @ EVnerdGene and Curtis. There are limits to freedom. Those limits begin when your activity infringes on the freedom of others. All free societies rely on 'freedom' being exercised responsibly, with only the individual suffering the negative consequences of foreseeable dangerous activity. Dangerous sports are consensual, volunteer activities. Highways, hospitals, etc are publicly funded. The government has a legitimate regulatory role to ensure public safety. You may be quite willing to accept irresponsible risks, but you can't justify putting your fellow road users, including children at risk, or your fellow taxpayer to bear increased healthcare costs, hospital resources etc. It's obvious that I'm not suggesting two wheeled traffic be abolished, I'm just saying such vehicles would't be considered road worthy if introduced today. Anyone who argues against road safety, should spend a week volunteering, at the Road Trauma Clinic of their local hospital, (children's section). After witnessing the long rehabilitation periods and broken lives of the patients and their families, they may be begin to understand the price of " freedom" !
          EVnerdGene
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          Marco, That's called Freedom. If we let the rat-brains in Washington outlaw motorcycles, what's next? Bicycles, skateboards, downhill skiing, parasailing, cigar boating, scuba diving, mountain climbing, , , Forget the Olympics - somebody might get hurt. Dang, killed by a golf ball - golfers should be required by federal law to wear helmets !
          EVnerdGene
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          et tu Marco ? So your indoctrination (education) system has also been infiltrated by the collectivists. Indoctrination, that only an all knowing central government can do what's best for us, and tell us what we can and can't do? How did I ever make it to adulthood without federal laws requiring me to wear a helmet while riding my bicycle? NYC limiting the size of soft-drink I can buy? "It takes a village" to raise a child. "Highways, hospitals, etc are publicly funded." Not quite completely as yet; but yes, that's what the leftists want. When Eisenhower proposed our interstate highway system, it was argued in Congress that building highways was not a responsibility of the feds. However, it snuck through as in the national security interest - for various reasons. Now, the feds have completely taken over the highways; withholding construction funds if a state and drivers don't follow their rules. The government takeover of our healthcare system is all about power and control. Just wait and see that we'll soon be penalized if we don't eat the way the ratbrains want us to eat. So far, I've paid for my own healthcare my entire life. And I pay plenty of taxes to pave the roads that I under-utilize. So, if I want to crack my frucking head on a utility pole, it should be only my frucking business. I'll pay for my head repair. I'll pay for the pole. I'll pay for my plot. Personal responsibility. See, that's what happens when you get in bed with the rats. You'll start to act and smell like a rat. follow the rules Socialism has failed every time it has been tried. No barry, you are no smarter than carl, and joe, and mao that tried it before you. Democracies are based on personal responsibility (and an informed electorate). Of course, Plato was correct in predicting that eventually all democracies will fail - when the electorate can vote themselves a pay raise.
          Marcopolo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          @ Grendal You're quite right, but if motor cycles and scooters were just invented, there's no way that Road Safety Authorities would allow them to be registered for road use ! Two wheeled traffic make up less than 2% of US road traffic, but make up nearly 12% of all road fatalities. (A US motorcycle rider is 35 times more likely to die than car driver !)
          Curtis
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Grendal
          And let's not forget we need to outlaw the #1 killer in America. According to FBI statistics the Baseball Bat is responsible for more deaths than any one other item. Evil Bats going around and killing people right and left. OUTLAW THEM ALL! Life is a gamble folks. There is not promise you will live to be an old age. We all will die, so accept the fact and make the most of the time you have.
      Betty
      • 11 Months Ago
      for my driving needs, this would be perfect. To bad golf carts arn't legal or I'd have one of them.
      lfriscofog
      • 11 Months Ago
      Let free thought prevail with out the big 3 breathing over an inventors shoulder and someting new will come to be.
      Vlad
      • 11 Months Ago
      My be a good fit for small islands, as a step up from a golf cart.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's just that it's illegal to operate anywhere than on your driveway.. weep! China must have more lax vehicle laws than we do.
      Ryan
      • 11 Months Ago
      I've always wanted to see a competition between different teams to see who could convert an EV in the least amount of time. And, it would be nice if converting an EV had instructions that were simple and straight-forward enough that a novice could plug in wire A to component B with all the parts they would need in a kit.
      Kai
      • 11 Months Ago
      ... and we can pick one up in our nearest IKEA store ;-)
      Curtis
      • 11 Months Ago
      Give me 150 miles of range at 60 mph on one charge and I'll buy two.
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