Marin County Residents Build Their Own Electric Vehicles

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.

Published: 27-Dec-2006

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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