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austin marathon - [taxi pt 4]

Video update number four of the 2011 EVTV Build Your Dream EV series covers removal of the fuel components, battery box design, transitioning from automatic to manual transmission and visits to our local chapter of the Electric Auto Association: the Eastern Electric Vehicle Club.  We'll also touch on gear ratios and engine bay preparation.

part 1 . . .

austin space - [taxi pt 3]

Obstacles and delays arise but the London taxi conversion perseveres onward.  This "episode" deals mostly with planning and preparation of the vehicle.  The FX4 is simultaneously a solid beast of a car and quite light for its size.  A descendent of the FX3 (1948-1958), this model would be built from 1958 to 1997 and eventually become the icon it is today for classy British city transport.  This taxi also has a sick turning radius.  A quick look at an article about the "Top 10 Urban Cars" on cars.com reveals nine cars with turning radius' of 34.3 - 37.8 f . . .

austin underway - [taxi pt 2]

What better way to start off the new year than with a new conversion project.  I've been the proud owner of a defunct, but otherwise brilliantly restored, 1971 Austin FX4 London taxi for over a year now.  What seemed like a long shot EV project has garnered incredible support, both moral and financial.  My plan is still to convert this to 100% electric over the coming months and then hire it out in some form to the public so they can experience this "new" form of propulsion.  I'm thinking hotel shuttle, proms, weddings and the like.  . . .

ice for dinner

In response to the 2003 crushing and/or shredding of about 5000 capable electric vehicles, revenge was sought and brought Monday evening at dinner time.  An early screening of Chris Paine's brand new documentary REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR was shown to a respectable crowd in Annville, PA, weeks before the film was even brought to Philadelphia or Washington, D.C.  
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new EV movie premiering in annville, pa

After about a year of conversation, I am very pleased to announce that the Allen Theatre in Annville, PA will be one of the first in the country to premiere Chris Paine's new documentary REVENGE OF THE ELECTRIC CAR.  

Monday, November 7, 2011 at 6pm
Allen Theatre
36 East Main Street
Annville, PA 17003-1444
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christmas in october - [taxi pt 1]

A few days ago, I took delivery of the international EVTV Build Your Dream EV Contest loot.  You can read about the contest in my previous blog entry.  The EVTV Friday Show will be keeping tabs on me as I convert the Austin London Taxi to 100% electricity.  I will be sending frequent videos of my progress, challenges and all, to the show for scrutiny.  The beauty of this is that a nice portion of the global EV conve . . .

good news from missouri

I just returned last night from Cape Girardeau, Missouri where the first ever electric vehicle (EV) conversion convention, dubbed "EVCCON," was held over the course of 5 days.  This gathering was the brainchild of entrepreneur Jack Rickard and Brian Noto of EVTV.me.  For years now they have been converting cars and documenting the process - successes and failures - on video in excruciating detail.  The weekly "Friday Show . . .

awake in d.c.


I must say, a blog did indeed seem like a good idea but somehow it doesn't write itself.  It is my goal to produce weekly entries related to my unlikely indulgence into the automotive world.  Global sharing and networking, mostly over the internet, are the factors that have enabled me to discover, research and activate various solutions and alternatives to my oil addiction.  Therefore Youtube videos and, more recently this website, have been almost obligatory paths for me to add my experiences to the growing mass of knowledge of DIY ("do-it-yourself") electric transport.  Knowing how valuable "real-world" knowledge on this topic has been to me, I readily and eagerly share whatever data I've amassed. 

Having adopted Democracy Now! as my primary news source over the past couple years, I've been inspired even further to consider the importance of the voices of "the people" and grassroots movements.  In addition to offering up stories and perspectives that are largely omitted, I also credit them for introducing me to such important figures as Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Yip Harburg, Utah Phillips, Studs Terkel and many other great artists, writers and thinkers.  If a news source must lean a direction, i.e. left or right, then this one clearly leans towards the common folk, i.e. peace and social justice.  And I'm ok with that. . . .

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