[clug] Canberra electric vehicles group - first contact

David Cottrill cottrill.david at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 15:13:39 MST 2010

There are several electric cars in Canberra, two registered that I  
know of.
I'm also looking at the motorbike option.
I'm a member of both groups and the similarities are wide ranging,  
though unlike us the techies are in even numbers with those lobbying  
There is little interest in component development in that group  
because there are so many components needed to create a vehicle, and a  
shortage of experience in high power electronics. I can design and  
build a 200W audio amplifier but nothing on the scale of a 20kW  
switchmode controller.
  Ancillary devices may generate more interest.
This is truly a mountain to climb for the
make/hack/void bunch.

On 02/02/2010, at 7:55 AM, Michael Still <mikal at stillhq.com> wrote:

> Paul Wayper wrote:
>> Firstly, there's a lot of interest in the local group in starting a  
>> EV racing
>> standard and, within one to two years, getting actual races  
>> happening.
>> Initial ideas revolved around a standard car chassis that is fully  
>> approved (which is necessary for official racing), but then someone  
>> mentioned
>> go-karts as a lower-cost entry level category which also got a lot  
>> of nods.
> 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.
> http://www.canberraev.org/ has some details about converting a  
> petrol car to EV, which they say should cost about $15,000. Here is  
> a guy in Canberra who did one: http://www.evalbum.com/2468
> Mikal
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