DBF finished his first electric car!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JennsPeeps, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    DBF and his business partner finished their first electric car conversion together last week. It's a Toyota RAV-4 and can go ~150 miles in the city, ~100 freeway. They're in the process of spiffing it up and getting it ready to show it off to sell. I'm super proud of him. Their company is called "Powered by DC".

    Just occurred to me that the name will take on extra meaning if the Obama camp does as much as they've said they will to promote green cars & clean technology.

    I'll post pics once he says it's ready. It just looks like any other Toyota RAV-4... until you lift the hood. WHOA!
  2. chicken stalker

    chicken stalker TOS Rocks!

    Aug 31, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    Wow that is really cool.....can the do a mini van next? I am perplexed to why the auto industry has not made a hybrid or electric mini van yet. Out of all the cars on the planet I would think they get the most wear and tear.
  3. arabookworm

    arabookworm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Good for him! [​IMG]

    I have wondered for the past two years why the auto industry doesn't make more efficient vehicles, ever since we had a guest speaker at my school who was talking about environmental issues and mentioned a car one of his friends built. It got over 300 miles per gallon!!!

    so obviously the technology is there, the auto industry just doesn't want to use it for whatever reason.
  4. Backyard Buddies

    Backyard Buddies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Orange County, CA
    Congrats! That's very exciting!

    Is this all electric or plug-in hybrid?

    What kind of range are they getting on the batteries? I understand that the Toyota Prius is supposed to come out with a P-I Hybrid, but the range doesn't seem long enough to be worth it. There are aftermarket conversions with a better range than Toyota is planning to offer. The GM Volt sounds better, if they can get it off the ground before bankruptcy. [​IMG]

    I want one!
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    It's all electric. They're just entering the testing phase, so they don't know how far it'll go yet. They built it to go 150 around town on a single charge.

    Anyone in the Seattle area looking to buy an all electric car? [​IMG]
  6. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Way cool! Get pics posted and get a website created and link to it from your profile!
  7. geoaware

    geoaware Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2007
    Southern Maine
    I am thinking of building an electric chicken. She will look the same as a normal chicken, till she lays a battery!
  8. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    Very good! My DH is interested in the cost of the project?
  9. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

  10. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    GM actually had a production electric car in the 90's. This was not a prototype, but a production line automobile. They were available only in CA and AZ, and could only be leased. I had a friend who had one and he loved it. They were all recalled and crushed susposedly because battery technology was not advancing. Check out the EV-1

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