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Lee, could you lay out exactly what your longterm gameplan is with the
Solectria?

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Can we pull it off? I don't know... but I'm certainly going to try!

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[email protected] wrote:
> Lee, could you lay out exactly what your longterm gameplan is with the
> Solectria?

I've done it before, but can outline it again.

The goal is to produce a refined and comfortable family sedan, like a
Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. A four-passenger car that is comfortable,
quiet, reliable, economical, and can be used for all your daily driving
and commuting.

But it's electric. Designed from the ground up as an electric car (not a
conversion), so it can achieve much better range and performance. We're
designing for a range of 100 miles and 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, on
ordinary lead-acid batteries.

But we're designing it as a kit car, to avoid the cost and regulatory
hurdles of setting up a major auto company. The model is the
experimental aircraft industry, where people routinely build high
performance aircraft from kits that require minimal assembly, yet are
far better than anything you can buy as a finished product.

Initially, we will be offering plans, so that a determined person can
build one from scratch, just like what we are doing now.

Farther along, we will offer major parts (such as the composite body and
chassis) as finished parts. You buy a donor car (1989-1997 Ford
Thunderbird or Mercury Cougar) for the drive train parts, and bolt them
onto the chassis. You add the motor, controller, and batteries of your
choice, plus an interior to suit your tastes.

Later, we want to offer as complete a kit as possible, so a builder only
needs a basic set of tools and a place to work.

Eventually, we may even have dealers that can assemble a car for you,
for those who want a "turn key" solution. But that will be years off.

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Forget the perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in -- Leonard Cohen
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Lee A. Hart, 814 8th Ave N, Sartell MN 56377, leeahart_at_earthlink.net

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Lee,

What about being able to bolt it onto a old style beetle pan?

Brian


On Thu Sep 13 9:27 , Lee Hart <[email protected]> sent:

>[email protected] wrote:
>> Lee, could you lay out exactly what your longterm gameplan is with the
>> Solectria?
>
>I've done it before, but can outline it again.
>
>The goal is to produce a refined and comfortable family sedan, like a
>Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. A four-passenger car that is comfortable,
>quiet, reliable, economical, and can be used for all your daily driving
>and commuting.
>
>But it's electric. Designed from the ground up as an electric car (not a
>conversion), so it can achieve much better range and performance. We're
>designing for a range of 100 miles and 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, on
>ordinary lead-acid batteries.
>
>But we're designing it as a kit car, to avoid the cost and regulatory
>hurdles of setting up a major auto company. The model is the
>experimental aircraft industry, where people routinely build high
>performance aircraft from kits that require minimal assembly, yet are
>far better than anything you can buy as a finished product.
>
>Initially, we will be offering plans, so that a determined person can
>build one from scratch, just like what we are doing now.
>
>Farther along, we will offer major parts (such as the composite body and
>chassis) as finished parts. You buy a donor car (1989-1997 Ford
>Thunderbird or Mercury Cougar) for the drive train parts, and bolt them
>onto the chassis. You add the motor, controller, and batteries of your
>choice, plus an interior to suit your tastes.
>
>Later, we want to offer as complete a kit as possible, so a builder only
>needs a basic set of tools and a place to work.
>
>Eventually, we may even have dealers that can assemble a car for you,
>for those who want a "turn key" solution. But that will be years off.
>
>--
>Ring the bells that still can ring
>Forget the perfect offering
>There is a crack in everything
>That's how the light gets in -- Leonard Cohen
>--
>Lee A. Hart, 814 8th Ave N, Sartell MN 56377, leeahart_at_earthlink.net
>
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Sounds like you should hit up Google for some financing.

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>The goal is to produce a refined and comfortable family sedan, like a
>Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. A four-passenger car that is comfortable,
>quiet, reliable, economical, and can be used for all your daily driving
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Glenn Saunders wrote:
> Sounds like you should hit up Google for some financing.

Well, we'll certainly look into it. Depends on what "strings" are attached!

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I like the idea.
Have considered same for Honda Civic.
Have come to the conclusion that for the number of
interested folks, there isn't enough profit to make
the time invested work (for me).
The cost of shipping metal (motor mount, rear battery
rack, firewall rack & hold-downs), just pushes it over
the top.
peace,

--- Lee Hart <[email protected]> wrote:

> [email protected] wrote:
> > Lee, could you lay out exactly what your longterm
> gameplan is with the
> > Solectria?
>
> I've done it before, but can outline it again.
>
> The goal is to produce a refined and comfortable
> family sedan, like a
> Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. A four-passenger car
> that is comfortable,
> quiet, reliable, economical, and can be used for all
> your daily driving
> and commuting.
>
> But it's electric. Designed from the ground up as an
> electric car (not a
> conversion), so it can achieve much better range and
> performance. We're
> designing for a range of 100 miles and 0-60 mph in 8
> seconds, on
> ordinary lead-acid batteries.
>
> But we're designing it as a kit car, to avoid the
> cost and regulatory
> hurdles of setting up a major auto company. The
> model is the
> experimental aircraft industry, where people
> routinely build high
> performance aircraft from kits that require minimal
> assembly, yet are
> far better than anything you can buy as a finished
> product.
>
> Initially, we will be offering plans, so that a
> determined person can
> build one from scratch, just like what we are doing
> now.
>
> Farther along, we will offer major parts (such as
> the composite body and
> chassis) as finished parts. You buy a donor car
> (1989-1997 Ford
> Thunderbird or Mercury Cougar) for the drive train
> parts, and bolt them
> onto the chassis. You add the motor, controller, and
> batteries of your
> choice, plus an interior to suit your tastes.
>
> Later, we want to offer as complete a kit as
> possible, so a builder only
> needs a basic set of tools and a place to work.
>
> Eventually, we may even have dealers that can
> assemble a car for you,
> for those who want a "turn key" solution. But that
> will be years off.
>
> --
> Ring the bells that still can ring
> Forget the perfect offering
> There is a crack in everything
> That's how the light gets in -- Leonard Cohen
> --
> Lee A. Hart, 814 8th Ave N, Sartell MN 56377,
> leeahart_at_earthlink.net
>
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