Get a vehicle : You can convert your existing car easily. There is no rule about car selection. However, it would be easier to use small truck because it has plenty of room for batteries but this is not a must.
The Juke continues to stand as the most daring SUV design on sale today and even though I think owning an Green Living Guy still has too many limitations the Leaf is as adorable as a squishy stuffed animal. The new Quest made its debut and its angular and stern stance reminded me of a firm headmistress at a Catholic School. I think the new Odyssey and Sienna may have renewed competition.
But not everyone lives vicariously through off-road fun. Some people simply control the vehicles because the smaller cars look good moving over rough terrain. There is probably a superb irony in watching a miniature vehicle be able to take control of a countryside even better than a car that is tens of times its size.
The car’s energy comes from 6,831 lithium ion batteries. These are the same batteries you use to charge your laptop or cell phone. It comes with a portable charging pack – in case you’re traveling more than 125 miles from home – and the batteries only take about 3 1/2 hours to fully charge.
Toyota showed off a new RAV4 EV electric variant with technology gained from their joint venture with Tesla. They also showed off the 2011 Corolla and well….sorry I just dozed off there for a second. What was I saying?
As I drove along with Don the very nice salesman from Small Plant E-Vehicles (in Longmont) I was real curious about what types of trouble I cold get into with thing. It’s only 4’6″ wide, which is thinner than many supermarkets’ door’s openings… Hmmm, I could slip into King Soopers and cruise a few isles! At 10’9″ long, it would fit into a few elevators too – Cherry Creek indoor shopper bowling anyone?!
In theory electric motors produce high torque almost down to zero rpm, so why add the extra weight of a transmission? The reason is that at low rpm, especially while starting, electric motors consume a lot of battery power. Also, one gear ratio becomes a compromise between top speed and hill climbing ability. Green Cycle Design Group is experimenting with direct drive DC cars. So far they cannot achieve as much range without a transmission. A transmission can also provide reverse; otherwise we need extra contactors and wiring. AC systems may not need transmissions.
People like their toys well-made in order to have serious fun. Many people will choose the Monster Truck Nitro 3 that fits the type of versatility that they are looking for. Overall, off-road fun is fit for almost everyone.