My name is Alex and I am an engineer at Local Motors in Phoenix, AZ. We are an open source car company started in 2007, and we create niche vehicles with the help of our community at Local-Motors.com. We already have a car on the road called the Rally Fighter, a street legal baja racer which is powered by a guzzling 6.2L LS3 V8.
We are about to design our next car however, and we want to make it a street EV! Only problem is, we know very little about EVs. All of our engineers are ICE guys, a lot are actually ex-Factory Five Racing engineers, so lots of V8 fossil fuel people. I of course will be looking through your impressive wiki, but I wanted just to pick brains on what to watch out for, or even see whether anybody wanted to join in! Again, we create our cars collaboratively. We have Industrial designers, and mechanical engineers on our site, but very few EV savvy types.
Our previous cars:
(The Rally Fighter)
(The Flypmode, military concept vehicle for DARPA (Not a Humvee replacement!
Excited to hear any thoughts!