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Efficiency Kings

One of the advantages of electric drive find most compelling is the level of efficiency at which these systems operate.  The immediacy of electron flow through a closed circuit never ceases to amaze me.  Though tempted to write off these phenomena as black magic, I’m told that they are just the so-called “physical properties of electricity.”  A.k.a. “Science,” at least while it’s still legal in this country.
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Magic Bus

It's simply amazing how quickly 2.5 years can fly by.  Time to resurrect the Conversion Blog, or perhaps "Clog."  (i know i know... hey, if the clog fits...)

The days (years) have been largely filled with electric cars and music-making.  We're working with three colleges / universities now, and "it's been an education" (ha).  Actually I've really enjoyed these experiences, and am pleased to see just how great a fit EV conversion seems to be in academic settings.  You can easily involve students and faculty from a broad variety of disciplines, and thus departments, if you like, and this will almost definitely improve the entire end product.  . . .

evccon 2013 or bust - [taxi pt 8]


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Well, I got it into my head that I'd attend the 2013 EVTV conversion convention, or "EVCCON," with an operable, electric London black cab no matter what it took.  June and July were just a blur.  Being very goal-oriented, I gave up a bunch of music work to prepare for and attend the event in southern Missouri.  It's really the only one of its kind, and what's more, two years ago I won an unbelievable quantity of loot there in the international EVTV Build Your Dream Contest.  It was time to return to Cape Girardeau and show Jack and the fellas what it all amounted to. . . .

restoration continues - [taxi - pt 7]

Restoration continues on the taxi project.  This update documents a bit of progress on the clutch and brake systems as well as repairs and painting of the engine compartment.  Things are beginning to look sharp under that hood just in time for a visit from the TV news station I grew up watching.  . . .

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she rolls - [taxi - pt 6]

The taxi project moves forward - literally!  In episode six we employ the local talents, skills and experience of one mister Benji Jr. . . .

EVs converge in the heartland

Last year about this time I was dizzy with excitement as I had just returned from EVTV's first annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention, or EVCCON, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  I had the incredible honor of winning the EVTV Build Your Dream Contest at the convention and you can read about that experience here.  Since that project is not yet complete, this year my dad and I took my daily-driver, the lithi . . .

first mate - [taxi pt 5]

Happy to say that the Austin Taxi conversion can finally progress once again now that the motor adapter plate and coupler have been delivered.  Valuable lesson learned:  before mailing critical parts and lots of money to a company thousands of miles away, maybe check the Better Business Bureau website.  This company scored an 'F' and had several unresolved complaints.  It was all right there on the website, had I referred to it.  
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big boy pants

I never thought there'd be a day when I'd refer to my car as "my baby," but it is indeed touching as you watch them grow up, develop and eventually become a productive member of society.  All the more reason to keep a scrapbook, right?  (see video below)  It seems like only yesterday she was a just heap.  
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back to school

The main reason for me getting into the field of alternative transportation was to help show the largely unaware public that there are other solutions to our driving "needs."   No longer must we rely on literally burning through natural resources just for our economy to function.  In addition to being a substance of unparalleled versatility and value, I find oil to be finite, filthy and largely foreign.  If it's so precious and vital for basically the entire world of manufacturing, why burn it up in our cars and trucks?
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