I took the day off to walk around Portland to the farmers market and EV awareness day with Krista. There were probably twenty electric vehicles at EV awareness day. Here are just a few of the more notable ones.
The electrically augmented bicycle. This was originally just a human powered vehicle made in Belgium, but the owner added an electric motor to power the rear third wheel to get up the hills in Portland (of which there aren't many in Belgium).
Here are some cool looking Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs). They run on 48 volts and the company sells them as a kit for about $3500. With batteries and additional items, the final cost is around $5000. Not bad for something that has a top speed of 50mph.
Here is my (tongue in cheek) arch nemesis John Benson. He built the DC version of the Electro Automotive kit awhile back and challenged me to a drag duel at Nedra next week. Based on my experience with acceleration, he'd toast my AC 914 in the drag race, but I'd win in an endurance race.
Next Up: Tweaking the adapter hub and trying out the PakTrakr