The Electric Car

 

Electic Car Links:

(at some point I'll have links here) 

OK, so this is a really long term project.  Currently in it's really just an idea in my head.

 

The plan is something like this:

1) Buy an old car with a decent suspension and decent body for as cheap as I can find one.  Preferably an old chevy S-10, or old 80's sports-ish car,  possibly a Pontiac Fiero (because I loved the way those looked)...Maybe a CRX?

2) Rip out all parts associated with Internal Combustion engines.

3) Install Electric Motor and a lot of batteries.

4) ???

5) Profit!!!!!111


So far, I haven't even gone through stage 1.  It's possible that I won't for a couple of years due to potential moves in the near future.  But I wanted to put this all in writing so I eventually remember to do it.


Why Electric?  Well, there are a few reasons.  First, the way I see things, the price of gasoline is only going to keep going up.  Second, according to some preliminary research I have done on the web, the cost to build an electric car can be as low as about $10,000 for a moderately powered car with a range between 20-40 miles.  $6,000 when you consider that the state in which I currently reside gives you a $4,000 rebate for converting a car from gas to electric.  This approaches the cost of a decent used vehicle.  Third, the way I see things, if electric cars are affordable with performance characteristics appropriate for everyday driving, then for the average lower-middle or middle class family with need of two cars  (so long as one of them has a commute that is not terribly far) I think it makes more sense to have 1 electric car and 1 IC car. 
I am in that position, and as both an experimentalist, and someone who loves taking things apart to build something completely different, this kind of thing is right up my alley.  I'd like to try it out.   I'd also like to find out what kind of experience one would have as an electric commuter.  I mean, there has to be some good reason that the electric car idea never gained widespread appeal.  In this day and age where every family has 2 cars, I can't quite figure out why it never got off the ground as a daily commuter car.  Yeah, it's all fun to say "the oil companies killed it man!", but I don't really believe that.  So I want to find out what it's like to be that guy.  The guy who drives an electric car every day to work.  Maybe then I'll see the reason.  Maybe I'll think of a way to get around that too!