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