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Re: [EVDL] It is time to raise the bar, to more Sophisticated Conversions !

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Re: [EVDL] It is time to raise the bar, to more Sophisticated Conversions !

Lee Hart wrote:
>> > EVDL Administrator wrote:
>> >> To put it bluntly, conversions are NOT for most people.
>> >
>> > I'd amend that by saying that *most* conversions are not for most
>> > people.
>> >
>> > The typical conversion is a one-of-a-kind project, by someone who has
>> > little or no experience in what they are doing. It's inevitable that
>> > it
>> > will have many "rough edges". The same is true for any do-it-yourself
>> > project; be it a house, a boat, etc.

This is why I developed our custom bolt-in kits - to remove as many
of the rough edges, uncertainties, and beginner mistakes as
possible. I believe this has been successful, as we have had these
kits installed by high school students, and many are still in
reliable service 15 or 20 years after being built.

>> > Most people don't look to their cars for adventures. They want
>> > predictable, boring, no-surprises driving. Conversions are not for
>> > them.

This was exactly my philosophy, only my intention was to create a
conversion that WOULD work for them. It should be "transparent" to
operate: get in, turn in the key, check fuel level, put it into gear,
step on the throttle, and go, just like a gas car. No confusing dash
switches or intimidating banks of instruments.

>> > It is certainly possible to make a conversion that "most people" would
>> > like. The big auto companies have done it, with things like the Toyota
>> > RAV4-EV, Ford Ranger-EV, and Chrysler minivan EV. Other companies have
>> > done it, like Solectria and Soleq. It takes a lot more time to do a
>> > thorough job so that the average person can just "get in and drive"
>> > without thinking about it being an EV. That makes these conversions a
>> > lot more expensive.

Yes, it does take a lot more effort, which accounts for the
difference in price between a custom bolt-in kit and a universal kit.

>> > I think the main problem with EVs built by individuals or small
>> > companies is lack of experience and knowledge. They don't know what
>> > not
>> > to do. So, they wind up makes mistakes; mistakes that have been made
>> > before, but they didn't know about them.

This is true with many individuals and small companies because they
do not have an automotive background. I believe this is what I
brought to the table that others did not have: 28 years under the
hood making a living working on gas cars, learning what kinds of
stresses components face, where/when/how they break, how people will
abuse them, etc. as well as learning the engineering concepts that
went into the design and manufacture at the factory.

Mike Brown
Electro Automotive, POB 1113, Felton, CA 95018-1113 Phone 831-429-1989 email [email protected]
Electric Car Conversion Kits * Components * Books * Videos * Since 1979

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