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I've never heard of them, and I am in Fort Myers, FL. Lots of activity and vendors in Tampa, but I wasn't aware of anything or anybody in Sarasota. Someone else may know more.....

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@hostage: Posting that information in a forum like like this is exceptionally inconvenient to those folks concerned. Having your e-mail address plainly posted as such is a reasonable way to cripple your e-mail account with massive volumes of spam. It would be better if you masked [email protected] as userName at hotmail or some other such thing so that it wasn't so easy to find algorithmically.

Further, to quench future inquires on this topic in an objective manner: if you are considering a sizable investment in technology which you don't have a full understanding of and the origin has a nebulous reputation / presentation (at best) - then know that you're the fool.

It's all fine and dandy to consult people who have had previous relationships with an individual, but things change. The present can be very much different than the past in either a 'good' or 'bad' way. What you should try to do is evaluate your relationship for yourself.

From my own experience in the matter here are some recommendations that will help you objectively evaluate your own risk in dealing with such garages:

  • Ask for a demo of a similar project. A reputable company would never use a customer's money for product or prototype development (grants and investment are more suitable for such high risk ventures). If you intend to invest in the company rather than a private project, make sure the business plan wasn't written in crayon at a 5th grade reading level.
  • Ask for a white-paper. Any practical company would provide solid quantitative analysis of the benefits and operation of such a system. This is what engineering is. It would be most encouraging if the paper were published by the company in question rather than a supplier or some such distant corporate relation. Ask to see their test-bed/platform if possible.
  • Ask for references from previous customers.
  • Don't allow jargon. Truly ignorant people, or people who are trying to keep you on your heels will often try to bend people to submission through the use of jargon or unnecessary specifics. If they use a term you don't understand - ask them to explain it. What's a kWh? Oh, well, 1000J (3600sec)/sec - its 3.6MJ. What's a J?.. oh, well, it's a N*m, what's a newton? oh, well.. it's f=ma, so kgm/sec^2. How do they answer your questions? thoughtfully or casually?
If you decide to go ahead, make sure you get a detailed/professional contract for work to be done that will hold the company liable for the inability to meet specific project metrics, and be prepared to test those metrics independently.
 

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anon, good points... is it more acceptable now?
definately more considerate for those named so they don't get buried in spam. But it leaves me wondering what your point is? Are you trying to give a 'buyer beware', or what? How about being a little more direct?

All I have to say is that the site looks like a pretty twisted collection of almost complete thoughts... but has no real meat in disclosing what the business plan is, what the licensure fees are, what the record of success is, etc.
 

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I'll simply say that as a former customer, I will not do any future business with Mr. Hansen. He taught me a valuable lesson and I learned it well, at considerable expense.
 

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Has anyone on this board done any business with Evolve It Motors in Sarasota? If so, was the company good to deal with?

http://evolveitmotors.com/
They are offering the motor used in the Ford Ranger EV but it does not show the trans-axle that is part of the original traction system. That motor output shaft has a helical gear that meshes with the planetary carrier of the original Ford trans-axle. Unless they offer the trans-axle also, it would be challenging to use it on a conversion.
And the controller is from http://www.rinehartmotion.com/Products.php
But the best solution for your EV conversion motor controller is this kit http://www.ehitex.de/p_info.php?products_id=544&xID=7dafcf53da80c0b09a881f6728c3f582
 

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