Published on January 30th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro
EZ-EV Open Source Trike Kit Seeks Funding
People have been building EVs out of their homes and small shops for decades now, but the recent surge in interest has led to DIYers trying to take their hobby full-time. Gary Krysztopik has been driving around his home-built “battery box on wheels” for more than three years, and he has now turned to the Internet to help him make DIY kits for interested parties to purchase.
An electrical engineer by trade, Krysztopik built his three-wheeled hot rod in-between other gas-to-electric conversions like a Porsche Carrera and a Volkswagen New Beetle. His EZ-EV uses 24 deep-cycle lead-acid batteries powering a MES-DEA 200-250 AC electric motor that can take it up to 100 miles, with a top speed of 60 mph. Krysztopik, who lives in San Antonio, Texas, also plans on release open-source plans and kits, so people can make their own designs based on his work.
The windshield comes from a Honda Fit, and the kit would include a rollcage for safety, as well as a shifter with drive/park/economy/reverse, as well as a parking brake. A newer design would replace the lead-acid batteries with a 32 kWh lithium-ion pack, and will include luxuries such as disc brakes, power steering, and a more modern suspension. Money from Krysztopik’s IndieGoGo funding effort will go towards this newer setup is called the ZW2C, which will allow for an operating range of up to 150 miles and a top speed of 80 mph. This would allow it to be registered as a motorcycle in most states, and the completed vehicle will weigh less than 1,500 pounds.
As it stands right now, he has only raised a little less than $1,800 or his $100,000 goal. For interested parties, the full-size kit starts at $7,500 for just the frame, and $10,000 for a rolling chassis, and neither kit includes the batteries or electric drivetrain. That’s up to you to sort out, which leaves a lot of possibilities. There are only 15 days left though, so if there are any potential buyers out there, you might want pitch in while you can.