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Old 01-17-2008, 11:40 PM   #11 (permalink)
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One big thing about getting a vehicle and CONVERTING it to electric is that it is WAY easier to license and insure.

My motorcycle cost $78 for the license, title, and registration for all eternity.
It is insured as the original 1981 Kawasaki cycle. $80 a year for insurance.
I spoke to a guy a while back who converted a crotch-rocket. He loves it but seems to regret the choice because of insurance cost.

Find out what it takes in your area to get a home built vehicle registered and legal to run on the road.

That last thing you want to do is put your money, blood, sweat, and tears into something you can't even drive on public roads.

http://web.mac.com/benhdvideoguy/iWe...istration.html

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Old 01-17-2008, 11:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The thought of starting with a basic frame set of some kind (with steering already rigged) is a very nice thought. I'd go the city car route because of where i live but an EV Off-Roader would be cool.

And thanks for the link, Ben. I'll look into it.
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Old 01-18-2008, 12:29 AM   #14 (permalink)
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AH HA! i can do home-built cars in my state.
cost: $50 + inspection + $5 for application fee.

Now i just have to learn what inspectors will look for, then draw up a plan, then get some money, then buy some parts, then goof my first try, then re-evaluate my design, then repeat steps 2 through 4 about 3 times, then insure it tempararily to transport it to the DMV (or MVD as it's called in this mixed up state) and hope i have everything covered.

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It started with an idea. Next came long nights waiting for parts and toiling in the garage. Finally, your masterpiece is complete. Now it's time to let the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) have a look.

A custom-built car is subject to the same registration and title fees as any other vehicle (see below), but an inspection of the vehicle will also be needed to ensure that it is safe for use on the open road and that none of its parts were stolen. To find an inspection office near you, call the MVD Customer Service Call Center at (602) 255-0072 (Phoenix), (520) 629-9809 (Tucson), or (800) 251-5866 (rest of Arizona). Most inspections carry a fee of $50.

At the inspection, you may be asked to produce bills of sale or receipts for all the component parts you used to assemble your creation. If your vehicle needs to be issued a special serial number, you can fill out an application and pay an additional $5.
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:21 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Good to hear!

As I recall, Arizona is fairly friendly to electric vehicles too. Must be all those retirees running around in golf carts.

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