In the March 2009 issue of Renew magazine I have written an article on Low Cost EVs. The main theme is that you don’t have to wait years for the big car companies or pay $40,000 for an EV. A simple EV for metropolitan 60 km/hr commuting can be built for as little as $6,000 today. The article talks about low cost ways to build EVs, and opportunities for small green business.
If you would like to ask questions or comment on the article, please feel free to leave them at the bottom of this post.
The Photo captions in the Renew article are incorrect. Photo 1 should read “The Author’s EV conversion”. Photo 3 should read “The Chinese kit after installation in Eugen’s Barina”.
My first Charade conversion cost far more than $6,000 (due to the use of American components, 120V design, and a few mistakes!). Eugen’s Barina conversion is the prototype for the $6,000 EV discussed in the text.
Having said that I am in the progress of building EV #2 around the low cost Chinese kit supplied by Eugen and another Charade – so I will soon have a $6,000 Charade conversion, making the captions correct!