Golf Cart for Electric Kit Car

Electric Cars are for Girls

Is there any 8-person golf cart which can go at least 50 mph, so you can use all the parts and build an electric kit car?

An Easy EV Conversion Kit For People

Open Source Civic EV Kit

After spending the past year and a half converting a Porsche 914 to an electric vehicle, I decided to expand my horizons by designing an open-source electric vehicle (EV) conversion kit for a commonly used car. While people can purchase neighborhood electric vehicles today for about $10K, they only have a top speed of 35 miles an hour or so, essentially glorified golf-carts. Unfortunately, these kits are for much older vehicles like the Porsche 914 and the VW Rabbit.

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Battery Equalizer Schematics Rev 1.0

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I'll have to modify the circuit with a voltage doubler in the final stage to work with 8-volt golf-cart batteries for the 914 EV kit.

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Hauling Lead and Confusing Connections

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

These high-capacity 8-volt golf-cart batteries are 70 pounds apiece. I got this battery strap at a Yamaha golf cart dealer. A modification of the prior strap is basically what is suggested in the DC kit instructions. Tonight was an evening of heavy lifting.

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The Suspension is Here!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

If you hadn't read before, the 18 8-volt golf cart batteries add 800 pounds to the weight of the car, so the suspension needs upgrading. The real gamble is how fast the rest of the kit shows up. I received the suspension parts from ElectroAuto today.

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Closing up more loose ends.

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

One of the other 914 kit converters questioned why the accessory battery couldn't stay in the original tray, but I decided to remove it anyway and have the accessory battery up in the front trunk near the DC/DC converter.

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Talking with Mike at ElectroAuto

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Apparently I'm the only person with an operational AC kit currently, although several other people are hot on the trail to finishing theirs. Mike doesn't have an AC kit 914 back at the ranch. Regarding the 8V golf-cart batteries, Mike also mentioned that they tended to either last 3-4 years or die right away (infant mortality). I just got off the phone with Mike at Electro Automotive. We chatted about the blown CCPower DC-DC converter and the engine vibrations.

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Ford opens new Silicon Valley research center; focus on connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, big data

Green Car Congress

A person sitting in the Palo Alto laboratory can access real-time video streamed over existing 4G/LTE technology to drive golf carts thousands of miles away.

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Ford announces Smart Mobility plan; 25 initial projects

Green Car Congress

Using Georgia Tech-owned golf carts to prove out the technology, a person sitting in a remote location can access real-time video streamed over LTE to drive the carts. Engineers are working to develop sensor kits based on Ford OpenXC that gather information from bicycles and other common forms of transportation in urban areas.

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Helsinki to host electric display of green cars

Green Cars News

It represents the first step in the manufacture of conversion kits that can be replicated in large numbers. In addition to the eCorolla, the conversion block contains electrically-powered VW Golf, eYaris and Audi A8 cars as well as the Secma Fun Buggy electric kei car.

Electric Car Makers: Oregon Wants You - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

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GM Says Chevrolet Volt Won't 'Pay the Rent' | Autopia from Wired.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

If you build a car as a "kit car" with no real factory, then yes, it will never be an economic success. You guys go ahead and buy your 40 mile per charge GM golf cart. Wired Home Subscribe Sections Cars 2.0

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