Build Your Own Electric Car, Part 3
Learn how to build your own electric car, on a budget, with no background
in electronics or engineering. As presented by Ben Nelson on September 25th
at the Mother Earth Fair at the Seven Springs Resort in Pennsylvania.
DIY Electric Car: 04B DC Motor Basics, Part 2
Showing how to build an electric car, we continue looking at how a DC motor
This is an excerpt from BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR, an instructional DVD
available from 300MPG.org:
Please visit my blog to learn about other projects, including the electric
motorcycle and DIY Hybrid Pickup Truck.
Build Your Own Electric Car, Part 1
See more info at http://300mpg.org/
Build Your Own Electric Car: Cheap, part 1, as presented by Ben Nelson at
the Mother Earth News Fair, Sept. 25, 2010.
Nelson shows how you can build your own car on a small budget with no
background in electronics or engineering.
DIY Electric Car: 05 Transmission Basics
Building an electric car, we take a look at the transmission and how we are
going to use it for the EV Geo Metro. This video is an excerpt from the
BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR instructional DVD.
On this project, there's NO CLUTCH! Yep, no clutch. Most of what a clutch
does is disconnect the engine from the road, so you don't kill the engine
when you come to a stop. An electric motor has no problem simply not
rotating when you are stopped.
Remember, you typically DO need a transmission in a DIY electric car, if
for no other reason, simply to have a good place to mount the electric
motor! On a front-wheel-drive car, the differential is also built into the
transmission, so it's easiest to simply reuse the transmission to divide
the electric motor power to BOTH of the front drive wheels.
DIY Electric Car: 04A DC Motor Basics, Part 1
Showing how to build your own electric car. In this segment, we take a look
at the basics of how DC motors work. This video is an excerpt from the
instructional DVD "BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR", available from
To see other videos from this project, please click the playlist at:
006 Electric Car Conversion 101
Video 6 of converting a Dodge Neon into an electric car. In this video, Tom
points out how to remove the original gasoline engine.
Build Your Own EV Motor Controller, Part 2
Paul Holmes continues showing how anyone can build their own motor
controller for an Open Source, freeway speed electric car.
All original information on this project can be found at:
Opel Agila Electric Conversion 20Kw part 2 Homemade controller
Motor: Permanent magnet DC motor 230V 207A peak
Battery: LiFePO4 72 cells in series A123 Systems 20Ah
Lithium 4,4Kwh in total
Controller Homemade 220A 300v continuous MC33035 IC
Servo-brake: Electric vacuum pump 70w
Max Speed: to be tested estimate ~ 55km/h
Wh/Km : 56 at 17km/h not 100 % accurate
Website : http://www.masinaelectrica.com
ZAP Alias Electric Car on the Road [HQ]
ZAP Alias Electric Car Debuts at North American International Auto Show
DETROIT (January 8, 2010) Electric transportation pioneer ZAP (OTCBB:ZAAP)
of Santa Rosa is previewing its Alias 100 percent electric sports car at
the North American International Auto Show, January 11-24 in Detroit,
Michigan. The display is part of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X
PRIZE, a competition with a $10 million purse for production-capable
vehicles that exceed 100 miles per gallon or energy equivalent.
The ZAP Alias will be located in the auto show debut of Electric Avenue, a
section on the main floor that will showcase electric vehicles and
technology. The exhibit area will feature nearly 20 vehicles as well as
symposiums and special events. For more information, visit
The Alias was designed by ZAP and European engineers. Powered by an array
of large-format lithium batteries, the base model Alias can top 85 miles
per hour and travel over 100 miles on a charge. The drive system uses a
compact, high-efficiency, air-cooled, AC-induction motor and carries an
expected list price of around $35,000.
Indian Builds Affordable Compact Car
India is the home to one of the world's smallest and cheapest consumer
cars: the Tata Nano. But now one mechanic has built an even more compact
car at his workshop in southern India. He was inspired by the lack of road
space and the ever-increasing cost of living.
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The owner of this Bangalore mechanical workshop has built an affordable
The lack of parking space and the increasing cost of living were the main
inspiration for Narsimha Raju, who built the two-seater car for those on a
[Narsimha Raju, Compact Car Builder]:
"As you know in our society, we don't get proper space to park our cars or
even moving on road, there is no space. Because of this congested life
everybody, I thought why should I not do a compact car, which is suitable
to everyday, cost wise and space wise. And that was the inspiration."
Raju's affordable car is on the same budget as a two-wheeler but with added
[Narsimha Raju, Compact Car Builder]:
"The car is mainly suitable to an ordinary person who can afford a two
Once officially approved, his car will be on sale for around 1,700 U.S
The helmet shaped car has upward opening doors, weighs around 150 kilograms
and has a four-stroke petrol engine of 175 cc.
It can cover 35 kilometres per litre with the highest speed of 80