[clug] Canberra electric vehicles group - first contact
andrew.loughhead at gmail.com
Sun Apr 18 05:23:21 MDT 2010
On ABC radio last week a somewhat relevant Late Light Live interview:
"Electric Avenue: Has the electric car revolution arrived?"
including some mention of Blade Electric Vehicles in Victoria,
http://bev.com.au/ and http://www.earthgarden.com.au/electriccar.html,
and of a forthcoming doco called "The Revenge of the Electric Car".
A long way from the diy the thread started with, but I can more easily
imagine owning a BEV Electron. $35k for a factory supported ex-fleet one.
steve jenkin wrote:
> How's this all going???
> This week on the New Inventors:
> The 'slingshot' - 3kW, but switch limited to Road Legal 200W
> And this is electric too. Ben Gulak's 'Uno'
> Paul Wayper wrote on 2/02/10 1:58 PM:
>> I don't think this is as true as you'd think. I had a quick look on
>> ebay, and a used gokart is $2000+, for which you can get an ok car.
>> Sure, the kart has a motor you can strip off and sell, but I think
>> you're still talking about a lot of money for a development platform.
>> The initial idea was to go with a relatively standard road racing
>> frame that was fully CAMS certified so that there was a degree of
>> conformity to the racing. If you standardise the chassis, then the
>> important points become the drive train and (to a lesser extent) the
>> driver. In the future it might be opened up so the chassis design was
>> modifiable but in the short term that opens up too many problems, not
>> the least being getting CAMS certification for each group's chassis.
>> CAMS certification was seen as desirable to have it as an event that
>> would get wide-spread traction with both CAMS (they have an
>> Alternative Energy racing subgroup) and the wider motor racing
>> The general objective was to open the eyes of the general public and
>> show them that electric cars could be fast, fun and a collaborative
>> process. Racing is one way of doing that; having electric cars on the
>> roads is another; having EV meetups like last years (with the Tesla in
>> attendance, which set a new hill climb record apparently) and is a
>> third; and so on.
>> Go-karts are fun, relatively simple, and most professional racing
>> drivers graduate from the high-end go-kart circuit. I see it more
>> likely that the smaller groups will get involved in electric go-carts,
>> but having the higher end there to appeal to more serious enthusiasts
>> and groups (I fully see the Canberra EV group getting together and
>> building one) is a good avenue for more serious racing fans. I also
>> think it would improve the credibility of electric vehicles as capable
>> of high-end racing.
>> Have fun,
>>  http://www.canberraev.org/
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