Marin County Residents Build Their Own Electric Vehicles
The question on the movie marquee might ask "Who Killed the Electric Car?" but a legion of carport mechanics and soldering iron savants aren't waiting for a post-mortem.
They're building their own electric vehicles, or EVs, their own cars of the future.
Scavenging electric forklift motors and trading circuit-board secrets in Internet discussion groups, the E-tinkerers are hot-rodding electric scooters, Frankensteining electric bikes, putting the E in Easy Rider with battery-powered motorcycles and maybe, even probably, steering the industry from cluttered work benches tucked behind anonymous suburban garage doors.
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The wheel robots, complete with their own suspension, remove the need for a drive shaft and even the engine block, freeing up designers to make new use of the space in the car.
There are about 30 members in the Florida chapter, and many own several of the vehicles.
Brent's Quadbrid tow-car and electro-dragster is the world's first fully sustainable race outfit. Photo courtesy of Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association
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