What was once our
personal vision for our own electric transportation became the vision of
Electric Vehicle Concepts. In the 1970's there were little to no
electric vehicles offered in the United States. The kitcar industry was
in it's infancy. With our car building history and knowledge it seemed
accurate to begin offering electric Kitcars. As with any new company
there is the desire to do things different and better to stand
alone in any industry. The concept was to offer no maintenance exotic
kitcars and custom hotrod replicas. Using the most suitable mass
produced factory chassis's converted to electric propulsion. Hence ,
Electric Vehicle Concepts was born.
For near forty years E-V
Concepts has been offers complete electric conversions services of original manufactures
vehicles, vintage hotrods and replica kits. With our association
Spherical Fiberglass Designs
we began designing our own unique custom creations along with using some
of the fiberglass replicas created by other kitcar manufactures. For the
past thirty plus years we have continually been designing prototype electric vehicle concepts mounted on custom built chassis's or OEM
chassis's. Most all of our design concepts are commissioned by
individual clients and other companies from around the world.
Porsche was one of the
originals to combine the gas and electric motor for propulsion in the
1800's. E-V Concepts hybrid propulsion systems have worked well for over
25 years and hybrid designs are now being used by other auto
manufactures in the past several years. It is our personal preference to use
a larger battery pack and not have to use the internal combustion engine
at all. The studies show that 90% of our
daily automotive travels are under 20 miles a day.
Until recently lead acid and nickel metal hydride were the only battery
chemistries used in the electric vehicle industry. For the last fifteen
years Chevron Oil has held the patents for the large format nickel metal
hydride batteries designed for electric vehicles.
Vehicle Concepts combines the best of both worlds. The hybrid plug-in
electric vehicle with a battery pack that can travel over 100 miles per
charge and the ability to switch to the hybrid mode and use the gas or
diesel engine when desired. Using an internal combustion engine to charge the batteries
or propel the vehicle. E-V
Concepts hybrids can have unlimited driving range with the advantages
of a pure electric vehicle. The use of a small engine and
electric motor at constant highway speeds creates excellent fuel economy .
The chief knock on electric vehicles has always been that they don't
have enough range for the general public. With the advent of the lithium
batteries used in our cell phones and laptops we can create a battery
pack with over a 200 mile range.
The Lithium batteries are smaller with
greater energy density and less weight. The no maintenance Lithium batteries combine superior run time
and longer life cycles to replace the dominance of lead acid batteries. We can extend the range more than 75% over lead acid packs using
Lithium battery packs . In the last few years the cost and performance
has improved and continues to get better.
Our main concern at E-V
Concepts is safety. The lithium powered cars weigh less than the same
gas powered car. The lead acid battery car conversion weighs over 1000
pounds more. There are some trucks designed to carry an extra 1000
pounds safely but not your average commuter vehicle.
the past ten years E-V Concepts has been testing the different
lithium batteries available. Besides our bench testing we have had two
identical cars to compare the life cycles and performance of lead acid
batteries against the lithium batteries. Weight and
aerodynamics are the key to using less energy with any propulsion
system. As the lithium battery pack weighed 25% that of the lead battery
pack. So we are able to use fewer lithium batteries to produce the same
acceleration and range as the heavier lead acid battery pack. The
handling, performance and driving safety is much better in the lighter lithium
powered car. We have found that the lithium battery have three times or
more the life span and cycling abilities than the new lead acid
batteries. The lithium batteries are more cost effective and much safer. The Lithium
batteries have less internal resistance and can be recharged
faster without over heating.
Economical and Ecological Advantages
Electric Vehicle Concepts owners are eligible for state and federal tax
credits and are exempt from some excise and luxury taxes. Drive in
carpool lanes with one occupant and enjoy free parking in some of the
most heavily trafficked areas of their states.
California, New York, Massachusetts and other states have had
Zero-Emission Vehicle Programs since the early 1990's. Because battery
electric vehicles in those states, taking into account power plants, are
far cleaner than gasoline cars in reducing urban air pollution and smog.
- The Air Resources Board studies show that battery electric vehicles emit at least 67% lower "greenhouse gases" than gasoline cars.
- Lifetime service cost is very low do to the simplicity of electric
-Your electric vehicle battery pack has
the ability to supply power to your home for weeks during any power
-You have the choice to take advantage of tax
credits and use solar or wind power generation to charge your storage
batteries to your transportation and housing needs.
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