Engineering a DIY EV!

Engineering a DIY EV!

Steve Taranovich, contributing editor, EDN

7/7/2011 8:03 PM EDT–?cid=NL_Automotive&Ecosystem=automotive-design

Ever think about building your own electric car? Well, here’s one engineer who did! Editor’s note: In Part 1 of this two-part series, we look at the core technology and design choices behind this electric vehicle. In Part 2, we will discuss some mechanical and structural challenges, the specifications, road test results, and what will be next in improvements for this amazing EV effort.

Frustrated by fast-rising gasoline prices, John Santini, vice president of engineering at TDI Power, decided to turn his creativity and problem-solving skills toward developing his own electric vehicle.
Here’s what a Pontiac Fiero “donor” car, Li-ion batteries, and a 18.7 kW electric motor can be put together to do, courtesy of our sister publication EDN.



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