In my early years building cars
and racing in the NASCAR series, maintaining my pleasure boats and race boats and all the support vehicles for business and pleasure, I found I spent more time maintaining my gas powered vehicles than I did enjoying them.
Back in the early 70's I was inspired by an elderly lady how would drive
by my home in her old electric golf cart on the way to the grocery store
and back a few times a week. It was safe for her and everyone else. No
one ever complained when she took advantage of her preferred parking
space in front of the grocery store door. I became envious over time as
she drove by in her silent, no maintenance transportation. At the end of
her journey she plugged the cord to the battery charger in to the garage
wall electrical outlet and seemed very content and secure it would be
ready, all tuned up for her next journey.
The price of gas had skyrocketed from 30 cents to 75 cents
in less than a year and the gas companies where taking all the high octane poisonous lead out of the gas.
How was I going to race to the store and back in my big, heavy, high compression, gas guzzling, noisy, American dream car. The world was looking pretty
grim. I had a wonderful wife and a 2 year old daughter to be concerned for. It was time to take things into my own hands.
It was a very short time later I found an older
(aerodynamic), sports car that needed the gas engine replaced. The people I bought it from
were happy to have it out of their yard and I was happy to have it in mine.
happy with my new vision of the no maintenance, no gas vehicle. I knew I
wanted to go faster and farther than the elderly lady's golf cart.
I was pleased with my new family transportation. It seated
4 passengers, cruised the fast lane of the Los Angeles freeway. I felt safe
with a row of solid lead running across the front and back of the
little sports car. I liked replacing the gas tank with batteries.
The car was quite and didn't vibrate as I sat, parked on the freeway
during rush hour. It never
over heated and I wasn't smelling the fumes from the gas or oil burning.
I was never concerned if the car would start and I didn't wait for the
warm up so it didn't stall out in the middle of the street. I no longer spend time waiting
in line for gas or smelled like the gas I spilled on myself. I was
enjoying my new peace of mine the battery powered car gave me.
There were some interesting differences I enjoyed about my new electric
The electric motor is round and
spins on roller bearings on both ends. There is no compression
or friction. When the car comes to a stop so does the motor. Once the car gets rolling it just coast along.
It is easier to find an electrical outlet than a gas station. Every
business and every home has the ability to recharge an electric vehicle.
Charging my electric vehicle at work
meant I was driving for free. By driving (discharging the batteries) and recharging the batteries
I was stirring the chemicals in the lead acid batteries and making them work better and last longer. Even in their time they where capable of 80 MPH
and an 40 mile range before needing to recharge the lead acid batteries. This
was just the kind of car the
gas companies and car manufactures didn't want me to own.
The enjoyment of driving my new electric no maintenance
car was rising and the new ideas and aspirations began to build. In the
70's and early 80's I enjoyed the Italian cars (Fiats) for the host conversions. Compact
designs, superior steel quality, very adjustable conventional 5" coil springs with remote shocks and one of the best 5 speed manual transmissions in the world. With a fiberglass body modeled after the early Berlinetta
Ferrari and the Italian chassis this seemed to be the dream car to spend
hours a day parked on the Los Angeles freeways. This was the start of
Electric Vehicle Concepts.
In the late 1970's Electric Vehicle Concepts and our sister company
Fiberglass Designs began creating our own original patented body
styles. These electric vehicle concepts were equipped with 220 volt chargers. Recharging
the lead acid batteries would take 20 minutes
and gave you another 30 miles of driving range and on and on forever.
Complete recharging would take 5 to 6 hours and was usually left for
your time at work and overnight at home. 110 volt charging was an option but would take twice
In the early 1970's the V twin Harley Davidson was
the ideal small engine for E-V Concepts hybrid designs. The large
displacement V-twin made good torque at low speeds and matched the
running speeds of our electric motors. The V-twin gas engine was inline
with the electric motor and coupled by an electric clutch much like the
magnetic clutch on your automotive air conditioning compressor. With the flip of a switch your gas engine is turning
with the electric motor
and drive train. The rotating mass of the electric motor helped increase
the fuel efficiency of the gas engine at freeway speeds. It was now
possible for the electric motor to generate power to recharge the battery supply.
In the 1990's the Spherical Designs Organization along
Vehicle Concepts relocated from the polluted Los Angeles area to Charlotte, North Carolina
to be closer to the NASCAR racing hub and build our own car building facilities
located there. It has been the ideal
source for chassis and suspension components designed to handle the
weight of lead acid battery powered high speed electric vehicles. If your
fantasy requires you drive a NASCAR racer (battery powered). Electric
Vehicle Concepts is poised to create this for you. Door handles and extra seats are optional.
In 2003 we retired from racing gas powered vehicles and relocated to
Charleston, South Carolina where we tuned our interest to electric
propulsion for sail and power boats. As Chevron was still holding the
large format nickel hydride battery patents putting lead batteries in
the bottom of sail boats made good use of the out dated technology. In
the last five years Chinese companies have been willing to make lithium
batteries designed for electric vehicles.
Yesterday and today.
The right choice for your electric vehicle conversion is important to the handling and safety
of everyone. Most compact cars are not designed to handle the extra weight
of lead acid batteries front and rear. Electric Vehicle Concepts has been involved with battery
powered propulsion systems for over 40 years and is now using light
weight lithium batteries exclusively .
We continue to design and fabricate
prototype electric vehicles for companies around the world along with
our conversions of cars , yachts and motorcycles. We are happy to help in any way to make this world a smarter place to live today and tomorrow.
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