Re: [EVDL] Best car to convert as a business (was: What do I need to do to get a 150
As I recall, the original question was not what is the best vehicle to
convert, but rather what would be a good candidate for converting as a
business. To do conversions as a business, you must have a product that
starts out with a good image, and a large supply of affordable donor
chassis. Then you start looking at factors to narrow the field such as
weight, aerodynamics, battery storage locations, etc.
I doubt that your target audience for these conversions would want be seen
in a 25 year old car, regardless of how cool it looks. It just wouldn't fit
in with the neighborhood. I live a short distance from Redmond, WA. I have
had talks with some of the people at Microsoft about setting up a fleet. One
of the first concerns has always been that the vehicle needs to fit it with
the crowd. That has been one of the strengths of the plug-in Prius. I just
think that there needs to be more options around here.
[quote] Rick Beebe <email@example.com> wrote:
> mark at evie-systems wrote:
> > You just described my candidate!
> > http://www.flickr.com/photos/33124341@N04/3449553957/
> > Cheap to buy, easy to convert, cheap to fix.
> Here in New England, rust ate most of those years ago. My aunt and uncle
> had one 25 years ago and I'm not sure I've seen one since. Your concepts
> are right for a car you're building for yourself. If you're building
> them as a business, though, you want to build a car that people actually
> want to ride around in. As lovable as old VWs are, they just don't
> compare with modern cars for comfort or safety. So I'd choose easy to
> buy, easy to convert and desirable for resale.
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