Wednesday, November 4, 2009

 

Open source electric cars?

Is it possible to use open source principles into building electric cars? It seems like it is. Electric Cars - Now! movement (based in Finland) is running a project which allows you to convert your everyday fuel powered car into Zero Emission Vehicle. All the software, blueprints and assembly instructions are provided as open source, free for everybody to use.

They currently have a working prototype called eCorolla (that I happened to see when the false fire alarm drove me to the yard of Innopoli earlier today) based on Toyota Corolla that can drive up to 150 km with full battery. The price for conversion kit is about 20 000 EUR. The lithium batteries are currently the most expensive piece. The price of batteries is expected to drop when the production lines of battery producers ramp up with the demand in future.

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