The first essential question to be addressed is "What kind of car do you want your EV to be?" The most important things one needs to think about to answer this question are 1) what are you going to use the car for and 2) how great a range do you need? One of the biggest constraints on EV performance is the mass of the car. The greater the mass the more batteries one needs which increases the mass and reduces range. It didn't take a lot of thinking to figure out that I would be doing two things with my EV, commuting to work and back (10 miles round trip), and running errands around town (20-40 miles depending on the size of the errand). The second thing I quickly realized was that when I was done I wanted a vehicle that was fun to drive around. I didn't want to have another Civic in the driveway. Finally, it was obvious that minimizing the mass of the vehicle was key.
|Chris Cicotello and me in Bruce, my Z-3|