Browsing the "do it yourself" Tag

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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.

January 30th

This Cardboard Bicycle is Better Than You Think (w/ video)

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.

August 6th

DIY EV Kit Promises Educational Opportunities In Japan

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.

Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (Mega-Gallery)

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.

September 27th

EVCCON 2011: The ePorsche

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.

September 27th