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Old 10-04-2011, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
bennelson
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VIDEO: Earthineer DIY Electric Car

Hi Everyone!

Last week, I was at the Mother Earth News Fair giving a presentation on my electric motorcycle.

The folks giving a presentation on their electric car were Don and Dan Adams from Earthineer.

Theirs is a kit car - a retro fiberglass body over the top of a VW Bug chassis. It was interesting to see, since I got to take a look in person at MPaulHolmes electric bug. Some things were the same, and some were different.

One difference was that Don used a compact permanent magnet motor in his car, instead of a series wound. I don't think I have ever seen a PM motor used to drive a car before. Motorcycles, yes, cars, no! It's a heck of a nice little motor though!



I filmed the presentation Don and his son, Dan, gave on the car. (Apologies for the wiggly camera, I only had a tiny, ball-head, travel tripod with me!)

This is the entire 40 minute video, a presentation, followed by Q&A.
If you are familiar with the Forkenswift, my Electro-Metro, or other basic, homebuilt conversions, you'll recognize a few running themes watching this video.

Enjoy,

-Ben


You can see the slides that go with this presentation at:
ElectricCarWorkshop_2011 | SlideRocket, Online Presentation Tools

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