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08/18/2008 02:45 PM ID: 72809 Permalink   

Electric Cars: Do-It-Yourself.

 

A growing number of americans can't wait for electric vehicles to be available from the car manufacturers. So they build the car themselves. And they say anyone can do it.

For example, Larry Horsley from Atlanta, Georgia, simply plugs his truck into an electric outlet in his garage and charges it overnight. He owns a '95 Chevy S-10 gas engine replaced with electric motors.

The whole conversion, truck included, cost him about $12,000.

 
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  Electric cars...  
 
Arnt eco freindly. Electricty doesnt grow on trees.
 
  by: Red!   08/18/2008 03:01 PM     
  yeah  
 
i'm sick and tired of waiting for those car manufacturers to make as much money as they can with cars using oil wihtout any considerations for what the people want.

+1 for this guy.









 
  by: ProTesTa     08/18/2008 03:06 PM     
  red!  
 
it still beats car using oil..

electricity can be produce in a more "eco friendly" way than car using oil.

hydro, solar, tide power, wind, and yes even nuclear.

i'm all for nuclear civilian use.
 
  by: ProTesTa     08/18/2008 03:10 PM     
  ...  
 
And oil isn't processed into gas by hand, nor is it extracted by hand.
 
  by: StarShadow     08/18/2008 03:16 PM     
  Agreed...  
 
Electricity can be produced in a more eco-freindly way, but youll never have the whole of the US running off clean energy in the next 10 years. If everyone had to charge their cars up then power consuption would skyrocket. Only way I would see the electrical companies making ends meet to help charge vehicles would be too go back to coal or go more nuclear! After seeing how the States treats Nevada regarding nuclear, the less you have the better!
 
  by: Red!   08/18/2008 03:27 PM     
  @Red! -lets put it this way  
 
If you're running pure electric, you don't need an exhaust system. As far as I can tell you don't need the cooling system either (at least not one that size). You cancel out the weight with the batteries, and yes batteries can be hazardous to the environment, but they're also recyclable.

So despite that yes your power company may produce electricity from coal, you have less pollution from an EV as you've deleted the secondary exhaust factor.

Pair the EV with regen braking + solar panels, and you need to charge it less, therefore reducing the pollution factor again.
 
  by: hl2k   08/18/2008 04:06 PM     
  @Red!  
 
I'm on a plan from my electric company which guarantees that all my power comes from renewables. I could plug my car in and pay a bit more, but I bet I'd make up for it in gas savings.
 
  by: l´anglais     08/18/2008 08:07 PM     
  hmmm  
 
I'm going to guess that you also use a clothes line to dry your clothes and your house is made of used rubber tires.
 
  by: John E Angel     08/18/2008 09:29 PM     
  lemme just pull that 12G  
 
out my butt. it'll only take a moment.
/sarcasm
seriously, tho, if i DID have that kind of money or were willing to go that far in debt at one time i would. same for getting my house on solar power but that's another, what, 15G? almost enough to make me swear off all material goods and join the local homeless community. simplicity and people will pay you to stop following them :)
 
  by: calilac     08/18/2008 10:03 PM     
  @calilac  
 
You could always start with a solar heat/hot-water system, I'd also suggest a grey-water system as well, depending on your water bill.
 
  by: StarShadow     08/18/2008 11:14 PM     
  @red!  
 
electric cars are ALMOST has green as you can get...

you can of course get a compressed air car... they're more green.

technically you could recharge you elecric car for practically free, or almost free (after the initial investment)... in this case you make your house solar/wind powered (atleast mostly) then charge your car from your personal power plant (your house).
 
  by: HAVOC666     08/18/2008 11:39 PM     
  of course  
 
you can just go nuts and solar panel the car too...

and i have always wondered how wind turbines IN/ON a car might help,,, they would without a doubt on an electric,...

then plus theres the famous regenerative braking.
 
  by: HAVOC666     08/18/2008 11:42 PM     
  John E Angel  
 
What's wrong with using a clothes line?
 
  by: netcruiser   08/19/2008 12:01 AM     
  @netcruiser  
 
Me too, and your cloths smell all nice and fresh.Oh, except when it rains and your at work.LOL
 
  by: steve2045     08/19/2008 12:16 AM     
  steve2045  
 
I just consider it a free rinse
 
  by: netcruiser   08/19/2008 12:48 AM     
  ....  
 
Try riding a Bike, then everyone can stop b*tching... :)
I have two, one grocery-getter, and a commuter. However for the longer, 30+ mile trips, I wouldn't mind an Eco-car, or even a Smartcar.

And the battery thing is up in the air for me. Strip mining beautiful countrysides for nickel isn't really any less destructive than coal mining, and when the batteries can't be recycled anymore, then what? And the purchase price of a new battery when a cell goes bad?

I think buying a small car (geo metro, 1980's honda civic) and driving it the way it should be driven (for long commutes, at a reasonable speed) and not to the grocery store two miles away, would be the way to realistically do something about this problem. And installing public transit, railways and what-have-you.

Sometimes I feel as thought I'm just being too practical to be an American...
 
  by: ludwitr   08/19/2008 06:20 PM     
  @Havoc  
 
I kind of wonder about the turbine thing. I think it might slow you down as much as it's giving you a benefit...unless you're going downhill...

Let's make Sail-cars, with electric assist! :D
 
  by: ludwitr   08/19/2008 06:23 PM     
  possibly  
 
but i would imagine if you did them in the fasion of roof/hood scoop as some cars and even truck already have then the effect would be minimial... plus theres the fact of existing winds, as well and added wind resistance from speed and even oncomming traffic in the next lane... i would figure the outcome is a gain rather than lose all things considered.
 
  by: HAVOC666     08/19/2008 06:32 PM     
  ...  
 
racing cars have long since had turbines in them; they weren't huge... this would simply be the next step, in the new electrical application.
 
  by: HAVOC666     08/19/2008 06:35 PM     
 
 
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