eBay, Electric, For Sale, Trike | Mon, 26 Jan 2009 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
There’s an interesting DIY trike project up for sale on eBay right now (just about to end; #190281499267) in Sanford, Florida.
It’s described as 80% complete, and is powered by a 36x12V Sevcon PowerPak mated to an 84 volt D&D Sepex electric motor, with a 10 HP Carroll Motor Company diesel motor for hybrid running — the two engines are connected by a chain drive. It needs a new fuel pump and a linkage between the gas pedal and electric speed regulator, but other than that the driveline is complete. It’s got independent air suspension all around, and has an adjustable ride that sites between two and seven inches off the ground. The builder estimates that the car should get 216mpg, and it’s been tested at 35mph with an estimated top speed of 70mph.
Build diaries are online at www.tshtrikes.com.
Electric, For Sale, Sebring, Sterling | Fri, 25 Jul 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
At the other end of the electric kit car spectrum from the previous one posted is Jonathan Trotter’s 1973 Sebring (Sterling). It’s built on a 1971 IRS Beetle pan (four wheel disc brakes, new rotors, calipers, hoses, cables ball joints, and bearings, and all chrome steering linkage, as well as new shocks, new rims and tires). The car looks good with new paint, new interior, a new wiper motor, arm, and blade, new weather strips, and new gauges.
The electric system is 144 volts, with a D&D motor, a Curtis controller, a Zivan charger, and Optima deep cell batteries. It will do 75 mph and has a range of thirty to a hundred miles depending on driving habits. Jonathan built the car in October 2007 and it has a new VIN and registration as an electric vehicle in Missouri. He’s asking $24,000 so he can move on to other projects, and says he’s invested much more than that. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
Bradley GT, eBay, Electric, For Sale | Fri, 25 Jul 2008 Posted by : Shannon Larratt
This past winter Dennis spent about $7,000 converting his Bradley GT kit car to full plug-in electric running using a kit from e-volks. He’s using the 72 volt/40 HP D&D motor kit (kit #2) and twelve new deep cycle batteries which he’s put only thirty miles on so far. The car is capable of highway (55mph) speed and has a range of about thirty miles. The car is on air-adjustable suspension and other than the EV conversion is a normal VW Beetle chassis. Both body and interior need work to get them where they should be.
More photos of the build here. He’s asking $7,000 — write him at email@example.com in Golden, CO if you’re interested. The car is also on eBay right now (#110273714784)… This might even be worth it for someone who wants to scrap the Bradley altogether and simply drop a different kitcar body over top.
Tim Drager, an electrical engineer from Pottstown, PA, spent about $20,000 and 200 hours — a remarkably fast built on some levels — converting his 1971 Fiberfab Avenger into a plug-in electric vehicle. He’s driven it about 5,000 miles so far, and is selling it to support his new habit, a 1967 Cessna Turbo 210 aircraft.
With electricity at $.08 per KWH he figures it gets the equivalent of about 120mpg. It’ll do over 80mph (100-200hp equivalent — an ADVANCED DC #FB1-4001A — mated to the standard 4-speed VW transmission), and 0-60 in about 10 seconds. Range is between 100 miles and 30 miles depending on your driving habits, and it takes four to ten hours to charge on household voltage (Rudman PFC-20B system). Accessories are standard 12V, and the driveline is 144V DC at 500 amps. It’s got four-wheel disc brakes, door poppers, gauges, two sets of tires, and more.
Minor work is needed, including an oil change, dealing with some rattling, the interior, paint, corrosion treatment, sealing (you can run it in light precipitation, but for all-weather use some work needs to be done), and the headlight switch should be replaced. Minor trim should be fixed (as you can see in the picture of the headlight covers and steering wheel), but all-in-all, this has the potential to be an award winning vehicle. It also comes with the development laptop that interfaces to the vehicle. Tim describes it at present as an “amateur-built engineering prototype in drivable condition.”
If you’re interested in the car, it’s up on eBay right now (#140248875246) with an asking opening bid of $14,950, and Tim can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (tech support comes with the car of course). The car is currently located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
Ah, the things you find in the forest…
Here’s a rare one — listed out of Chardon, Ohio, this “Urba Sport” Trimuter (#180248871044) is a potential solution to the current fuel crisis! It’s one of my favorite RQ Riley vehicles, and they still offer Trimuter plans (which are included in this auction). This one is running a plug-in EV setup, with an ~30hp electric engine mated to a VW transmission that gives a potential 50 mile range. It’s got the original low-tech controller installed, but comes with a more efficient GM EV-1 controller that could be installed — and judging by the rough shape of the driveline, it’s probably a good idea.
With three days left on the auction, I doubt this car (a true homebuilt, not a kit) will move past $1,500. Even if all you did was use the body, salvaged a few components, and built a new chassis, enormous time would be saved for someone who wanted to build this unique vehicle.