Paying it Forward

I don’t want to build a few cars for a livelihood,

I want to build an ARMY of knowledgeable and safe EV builders!

My dream is to build a hands-on, intensive EV education program!  If I win this contest the proceeds will go to the establishment of this school (Lori's BMW will be the first hands-on build), with hopes that the curriculum that is developed (and constantly upgraded) be replicated nationally, and internationally.  Along with developing a thorough shared knowledge base of systems now existing and developing.  There will be a strong emphasis on SAFETY and hands-on experience for the students!

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I do not anticipate that this endeavor will be lucrative, if it makes any money at all.  If I provide a venue forery knowledgeable EV folks to pass on their well-earned knowledge to many others, I'm satisfied and happy.

I am in the middle of a Porsche 914 build (see other blog postings).   I'm investing $25,000 in this build.  I would happily pay another respectable sum  to go somewhere for a week (or two) and get intensive training and hands-on experience building an electric car, so that when I return to my garage I don't burn up several thousand dollar’s worth of parts, or worse yet, do damage to my garage or home.  The hands-on EV training does not exist today, it needs to exist tomorrow. I will make it so.

I am extremely lucky to have some perfect resources in my back yard to establish and develop the first EV education certificate program.  

First,  the local Chesapeake Community College is already well on the way to establishing an alternative power program, with separate wind- and solar- powered classrooms.  I have met with a principle person involved with this program, the college's science professor, and he is very interested in developing the continuing education certificate EV curriculum and program. 

Second, I have met with the local Marine Engineer's Beneficial Association (MEBA) School and they are interested in exploring the possibility for hosting this program on their campus.  It's a beautiful waterfront campus that has a built-in hotel, dining hall, machine shop, computer lab, ship simulator, etc. etc., or everything you could possible need to learn how to service every possible mechanical, electrical and digital thing by yourself on a ship in the middle of an ocean.  What a resource, perfect, right in my back yard.  Also, I can imagine that building / servicing EVs might appeal to the Marine Engineers if they get tired of floating around the planet.  Most of them won’t, but a few might.

I believe building EVs one-by-one will be a viable and laudable small business model in the near future. I also believe that there will be a groundswell of people that will want to build a one-off EV for themselves. All of these folks will want an intensive “vacation” / training course.  I want to do everything I can to encourage that not only the small shops spring up around the country, but that individuals build cars with knowledge and, ABOVE ALL SAFETY, in mind.


Okay, the parts for the EV 914 have been arriving. Most importantly the 60, 200 Amp Hr, GBS cells. These cells are delivered in "packs" of four. Tightly bound together with metal straps. Before ordering, I made up cardboard templates to see where I can fit all these batteries. One of the reasons I choose a Porsche 914 is all the potential room for batteries...  and I am using every damn square inch. The remainder of this post is all about where the batteries go in the 914 "range monger."

rear trunk batteries

First of all, the rear trunk, center, is one of the four packs of 200 amp Hr GBS batteries, the cardboard ones are my templates, plenty of room. Visible below is one of two adjustable shocks and struts to handle the aditional 700 lbs of weight. So, 12 cells in the rear trunk. Easy.
front trunk batteries 914

Okay, take out the spare tire (when is the last time you ever needed a spare tire??). And a nice stack of five four packs can fit in this space, the front trunk, yes two trunks, or as I like to think about them, two ready-made battery boxes.

fuel tank battery

Remove the gas tank and another four pack can fit handily. The fuel line and return vent run down the side of the car, making a handy conduit to run the two electric lines from the front battery pack to the controller.  It is as if the car was made for conversion to electric.  Weight-wise,  the spare tire and full gas tank weigh around 160 lbs,  the 6 X 4 packs of batteries weigh around 330 lbs, so with an additional 170 lbs on the front end and most of the weight low, I think the car can handle it without front end modification.

Side sadel Lith

The rest of the cells will be squeezed into the former center engine compartment, 24 cells total, 12 per side, of the warp 9 motor in the middle, and the controller, charger, DC to DC converter and perhaps the AC Compressor.  Note the wine glass on the roof!

side saddle 12 packs

Another view, top side, of where the side saddle 12 packs of Liths will go. That is 60, 200 Amp Hr Cells,  or,   snap of the fingers "NO YOU DIDN'T!"  Well see...