If you've ever fancied doing an electric vehicle project with a Tesla drivetrain, the latest efforts of the EVTV hack team will be of some interest to you. They have, in effect, broken the manufacturer's code and got the unique electric motor spinning.
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The folks over at the EV West conversion shop are no strangers to video cameras, having put up a fair amount of footage on their YouTube channel over the years. Now though, they've decided to make their appearance on the web a more regular affair with the debut of the monthly EV Show. It aims, they say, to bring viewers the latest news in the electric vehicle industry, product information and a look at some of the projects they're working on.
No word a lie, we here at AutoblogGreen are fans of classic cars. What we are not fond of, however, is the pollution that their inefficient engines create, and so it's great to see our old favorites lovingly up-cycled with electric drivetrains. The ZelectricBug is a beautiful example of how new, cleaner life can be breathed into an old Volkswagen Beetle.
Ever since lithium batteries first became available to the general public, the popularity of converting gas-powered cars to run on electricity has been on the rise. This is something we can get behind, since not only does recycling previously-manufactured vehicles make environmental sense, it's also great to see classic automotive metal get a new, improved lease on life.
When Daimler first launched the Smart Ed, the electric version of the Fortwo, its performance was apropos of its acronymized appellation: somewhat limp. Daimler has since improved it somewhat – the 3rd generation on sale now goes from 0 to 60 in 13 seconds and tops out at 75 mph – but we still can't help but wonder how the program would have been received had it packed a wheel-popping punch from the start. Like, say, the Smart DIY conversion pictured above.
If, one day, you decide to electrify a motorcycle, you might begin by seeking the advice of someone who has already tackled this kind of project. Ted Dillard is such a person. Sadly (depending on who you ask), there is only one of him, and he likely lacks the time to talk with absolutely everyone interested in doing a conversion. Luckily, he's written a book that generously dishes out what he's learned during his own walk down the DIY path.
Last September's inaugural Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON) held by the EVTV guys was, by any measure, a resounding success that combined a higher-than-expected turnout (both of participants and cars) with a well-rounded itinerary of activities and discussions. Ironically, given that the organizers are in the business of making a weekly EV-focused web-tv program, the only thing missing in the aftermath was a video document of the event. No more.
Converting a liquid-fueled vehicle to electric drive is nothing new, but, if you've never done it before, then everything can be fresh and totally overwhelming. For those of you interested in trying a conversion project, the fine folks at Electric Cars Are For Girls are here to help. The site is getting ready to put EV conversion classes online using the same materials and demonstrations that they use in local classes. The project is called EV University, and they are currently running a survey
When the market doesn't offer what you want, maybe it's time to make it yourself. At least that's what Cornelius Cronin in Oldsmar, Fla., thought when he bought an old Chevy S10 for $900 and replaced its gas engine with an electric powertrain. The DIY EV bug is contagious down in Florida, apparently, and other individuals and small businesses around the Tampa Bay area are taking the initiative to build electric cars themselves. These green tuners are not building expensive hypermilers: they're h