Renewable Energy is my passion. My background is in software development but I also have experience in biofuels and solar energy. After analyzing several ways to get myself off of petroleum, I am now undertaking converting an existing internal combustion-powered car into an electric daily driver. By bulding this proof-of-concept vehicle, I want to demonstrate the viability of converting an existing vehicle to electric power.
The hardest part of this project is my requirement that the resulting proof-of-concept vehicle will have to be my daily driver. I commute 70 miles a day round-trip to get to work.
Here are some of the requirements I put together for the project:
- The electric vehicle (EV) will need to be able to travel at highway speeds. My route to work is mainly highway-accessible. There are alternatives but they add significant time to my commute.
- The EV should have an effective range of at least 100 miles between charges. Anything less than 100 miles won't give me enough buffer to allow for a detour or heavy traffic.
- The EV should be able to re-charge in less than 8 hours. I should be able to plug it in at night and expect a full charge by morning.
- All accessories and safety features should work. Since this is a daily driver with highway travel and significant exposure to traffic, I will need the comfort and the safety features of my current daily driver. This includes air conditioning, heat, air bags, anti-lock brakes, turn signals, headlights, etc.
In order to achieve these goals, I'm working with two very talented engineers with ThormacEV in Atlanta, Georgia. We've picked and purchased a donor vehicle and have ordered all of the components to complete the conversion. (the photo above is a hint at our choice of donor vehicles) Stay tuned as I provide more details on progress of the project!
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