Nothing was done on the conversion this weekend due to our participation in the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade. Above is the motorized couch that I built for Burning Man, and which has been in two past parades. Unfortunately it runs on dinosaur juice. However, there were some noteworthy electric vehicles in the parade:
There were three of these cupcakes buzzing around, which I had originally spotted at Burning Man a few years ago. The cupcake “paper” is corrugated steel, and the driver is sitting on what amounts to an electric barstool. They used a wheelchair DC motor and a deep cycle battery, and were nimble and quiet.
I was very excited by the above entry: an electric horseless carriage. The irony is quite tangy. It’s post-modern, but is it Amish? It utilized a 3-phase AC motor, and was being driven with a hand-held joystick controller. You might notice the huge gray battery box under the seats. I wanted to grill him about the inverter, but I didn’t have time.
So the parade went well and the couch performed like a champ. The only downside was being pelted with marshmallows and tortillas, which both hurt more than you think. I had to take the couch to the car wash Sunday morning to blast the marshmallow sludge from the tire treads. (That was an unusual sentence.)