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.
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Inspired by water-cooler talk about a cardboard canoe, inventor and craftsman Izhar Gafni became obsessed with the idea of a cardboard bicycle. Despite Gafni’s enthusiasm and technical/design prowess in the field of mechanical and bio-medical engineering, however, a number of his engineering buddies told him it couldn’t be done. Cardboard didn’t have the structural properties required to build a usable, durable bicycle frame. It was impossible … but people like Gafni love s*** that’s impossible.
It is no secret that the American education system is in need of some serious repairs. How that manifests itself is a project for people far smarter than I am, though if you ask me the biggest problem is a failure to engage students in interesting and creative ways. For inspiration, we need look no further than Japan, where a company has released a Do-It-Yourself electric car kit for the purpose of educating students and teachers alike.
In a bid to host something cute, trendy, and green (the cute was mainly to attract female students), the driving school […]
The Japanese EV Club (JEVC), an organization of enthusiasts, is holding its seventeenth annual EV Festival in Tsukuba Circuit on November 3rd in Tsukuba Circuit. The idea behind the event mirrors the EVC CON – attendees bring their own DIY conversions to show off and demonstrate.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I drove down to Missouri this week, but it wasn’t a slew of fun DIY projects interspersed by a series of speeches from conversion shop owners and parts vendors. The low point was probably the speeches, but the cars and the people who drove them – and came to look at them – looked like they were having a great time. The actual cars were were a lot of fun, too, and it was great to see so much enthusiasm for EVs.
Porsches apparently make good electric cars – there were a number of them in Cape Girardeau last weekend, all silent as ghosts and sexy as hell in both the early afternoon sun and the late afternoon rain. My personal favorite of the bunch was the Cayenne SUV looming in between a 904, a 914, a 911, and a 356A Speedster.
A vending machine stuffed with bicycle parts? Freakin’ brilliant!
When we last heard from TREXA, their concept for an all-purpose undercarriage for a variety of different electric vehicles was just some CGI sketches. Now though, its an actual working prototype of their patent-pending Enertube system. The TREXA platform has been designed to be scaled up or down for various vehicular applications, and the heart […]
Tony Parker Has Built An Electric Bike Made From Junk. He Also Made A Solar And Wind-Powered Charging Station For The Bike. [social_buttons] Tony Parker has built an electric motorbike completely from found junk. Why? The laid-off worker found himself with a lot of time and just began tinkering around the house.
[social_buttons] Richard Gryzch has built what he claims is the world’s first fully sun-powered electric motorbike. A project that has taken him more than two years. In fact, to finance building the bike Cryzch sold his other motorbikes and even a house. He calls the bike a Solar Flyer. A name inspired by those Radio […]
A company based in California has announced that starting in February, they can convert your 2004-2009 model Prius into a plug-in hybrid electric car that can go 40 miles on battery power alone, or get 100+ miles per gallon when driven in “enhanced Prius” mode. [social_buttons] Jungle Motors is already the largest electric vehicle conversion […]
Though they may be a little expensive to some of us out there, hybrids are really beginning to flood the market. The darling of them all, the Prius, is finally getting some competition. But what if you wanted to extend the miles per gallon ratio even further, what would you do? You would follow in […]