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Old 08-30-2008, 07:43 PM   #41 (permalink)
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For those looking for some info on the CommutaCar.

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Old 08-30-2008, 09:08 PM   #42 (permalink)
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A fabric bodied car would be cool! And would save you a couple of pounds. There's a waterproof, UV-resistant boat "canvas" material called Sunbrella. I'd recommend something like that.

If not fabric covered, I'd go with aluminum sheet. Delorean style.
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:17 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Old 08-31-2008, 12:22 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Probably aluminum would be the easiest way to get some semblance of a body on it - there are quite a few on the evalbum that have aluminum bodies.

Fabric would be in interesting option, but you'd have to find someone familiar with pre -50's airplanes to show you how to stretch and dope the fabric to make it look good. Fabric is also a bit more flammable than I'd care for.

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Old 09-04-2008, 10:20 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I had an interview with a local news paper this evening about electric cars so I figured I should get the citi-car out of the garage so it could be seen, as the garage is small and messy, so I lifted it up to pull the wood stand out from under it, carried the rear end over to turn it to face the doorway (was sideways to make the single car garage a two electric car garage) got it, turned the key and drove it out... worked perfectly! after the interview i took it for a little spin down the road, keeping it short because it doesn't have lights, or a windshild... or a body... or a passenger side door, with two normal car batteries under the seat I was able to get up to 20mph (24 volts total instead of the full 48V) and it feels like it will be nice to drive, I should have some photos soon.

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