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  1. #1 by Zamboro at February 24th, 2010

    Just wanted to add that while what you say is true of NiMH and Lead Acid batteries, it is not true of lithium based batteries. Lithium is a non-toxic mineral salt, not a heavy metal, so no smelting is required in the production of lithium batteries.

    In addition, all batteries are eagerly recycled because they contain valuable elements that can be extracted and reused. Nobody’s going to throw away the contents of a ten thousand dollar battery pack when most of it can be reclaimed.

  2. #2 by Zamboro at February 24th, 2010

    Climatologists agree with you. It is a natural cycle. They already knew all about that, being climatologists. What they’re claiming is that we’re currently seeing unprecedented warming IN ADDITION to the natural trend, because of industrial air pollution. It’s important to fully understand what a theory entails before you decide to accept it or reject it.

  3. #3 by Zamboro at February 24th, 2010

    To be honest, while I accept the theory of global warming, that isn’t why I drive electric.

    It’s because I love how they sound, and how they handle. They make a tense humming noise like a large power station during accel, and a “beeooo” as the brakes kick in, like a spaceship landing. And they’re peppy as hell. They take off instantly when you tap the pedal, as electric motors deliver peak torque from a standstill. It’s a great feeling, and it’s the real reason why people get hooked on EVs.

  4. #4 by Zamboro at February 24th, 2010

    I don’t have to wait. I just swap batteries, and keep going. I realize you can’t do that with pricier li-ion battery packs, but I’ve got mine running on slide-out gel batteries. I keep one set charging at home while I’m using the other. When I’m running low I swing by the apartment, swap the depleted set for the charged set, then keep on driving. By the time I’m out of juice again, the other batteries are fully charged.

  5. #5 by shannden at February 24th, 2010

    Dear Zamboro
    Thank you–it’s nice to hear from a fellow electron addict (it gets a bit lonely here).
    Lithium has a BIG problem: 95% of it is found in just one place—Bolivia (and they don’t like us any more than the Arabs). We could end up just changing drug pushers.
    That’s why I advocate an alternative energy DC grid to run along our major freeways. You would draw your car’s power from it like a bumper car at the fair. And it would charge up your lead acids for off-grid driving.

  6. #6 by JayOhEnEnWhyEx at February 25th, 2010

    I’d love to drive on sunlight but I need more than just 40 miles to get to school and back. Help and suggestions please

  7. #7 by shannden at February 25th, 2010

    Dear Jay
    You might try Zamboro’s approach and have a set of batteries on charge half way to school and back. It seems to work well for him

  8. #8 by morph995 at February 27th, 2010

    I just finished using some Gel batteries…did you know you find some lithium batteries on the internet for about $100 more than Gel Batteries…lithium is here and you can find it for cheap if you look hard enough…I just bought a 48v20AH lithium pack for about $470…but you can buy that same pack for about $430 now whereas an SLA pack of the same size would be about $250 – $300…so lithium is only about $100 – $150 more

  9. #9 by Dab11082 at March 1st, 2010

    Very cool little bug!
    I drive a ’75 as well.
    I’m not extremely all concerned about the environment and so forth, however, I’ve always loved the thought of electric powered cars and solar energy.
    Thanks for the video.

  10. #10 by ned987 at March 6th, 2010


  11. #11 by MaXOS3G at March 11th, 2010

    Thats Cool, and ye y can ppl invent solar cars???

  12. #12 by pragzter at March 12th, 2010

    Thank you sir for this video! I am envisioning to run my car on solar power in the future after I have enough cash to buy the solar panels and to convert my car to run on electricity. Seeing your video just made my resolve stronger. 🙂

  13. #13 by Cartuner25 at March 24th, 2010

    Could I use this video for a solar project?

  14. #14 by shannden at March 25th, 2010

    Dear Cartuner

    I am pleased to say yes, go for it.


  15. #15 by Elllementrock11 at March 28th, 2010

    very good point driving on solar power sounds like a good idea but the problem is people dont like how they dont have that much power and speed if it was easy to make a very fast and powerful solar power car that would be the next car i would get

  16. #16 by gerb360 at March 29th, 2010

    I´m just curious, if it´s a solar powered car, where is the solar panel?

  17. #17 by ironoarsman at March 31st, 2010

    You are a great man, and a fun grandpa I can tell. You are an inspiration. I want an electric car NOW. It actually makes me want to start a garage that transforms old beater cars to fun driving EVs. You rule! Xeno

  18. #18 by shannden at April 3rd, 2010

    I have tried many times to respond to you, but Youtube’s new format does not tell you how many characters have been used, so i can’t make my reply fit.

  19. #19 by IronHorsez88 at April 3rd, 2010


    Ooops i meant to really give you a THUMBS DOWN but acidentally gave a thumbs up, (Youtube has devolved backwards) Boo 2 U because U pay about as much attention to someone talking as my 4 year old that is ZERO*ZERO and negative if possible. The solar panel is on the roof of the house. CRUD!

  20. #20 by IronHorsez88 at April 3rd, 2010

    That video is inspiring and a real answer to many people.

  21. #21 by foonty at April 3rd, 2010


    nice work! How much did it cost for your project?

  22. #22 by gpktm at April 4th, 2010

    Mr Richard. The reason we don’t drive with electricity is due to the oil companies which want to suck our money. Very beautiful car by the way. Let’s hope one day we all will be driving electrical cars.

  23. #23 by otherworldtrader1 at April 7th, 2010

    we arn’t driving on sunlight because the extremely high cost of solar panels and the extremely high cost of electric conversions and electri cars.the author of this video should have converted his bug to total electric with a system which is self charging as he rides down the road.

  24. #24 by liketechnologie11 at April 8th, 2010

    haha amesing nice electric system and car !

  25. #25 by shannden at April 8th, 2010

    Dear Youtube;
    Your new Youtube format is unworkable. It does not tell you how many characters you have used, so it is vitually impossible to formulate a response without laborously count5ing characters and spaces. Also, it no longer lets you when a comment has been posted so you have to search for new comments. Go back to the old format please.

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