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Cosmic Connection

March 30, 2014

A 914 EV Cameo on Fox’s Cosmos Following one particular Saturday morning run on the beach and breakfast with my pal Fordy, I returned to find this handwritten note under the wiper blade of my 914EV: I called the number on the business card, and connected with Seth Reed, who introduced himself as a film and […]

Classic Dream EVs

October 26, 2013

A classic car melds beautiful form with smart function, but also folds the driver’s experience into the total gestalt of the design. In other words, visual appeal means less if the driving experience isn’t equally classic. Top auto designers strive to make the feel of a car magical, like alchemists transmuting glass, rubber and steel […]

Riding the Diamond

June 13, 2013

Since my Porsche 914 is now officially registered with Sacramento as an EV, my next step is to apply for a CAV (Clean Air Vehicle) white sticker, so I can parade down the diamond lane with impunity. The DMV offers an explanation of the white, green, and the now defunct yellow stickers on their website, […]

Charging Etiquette 2: Electric Boogaloo

February 7, 2013

The social politics of EV charging could easily turn into an interesting little side column. Here’s the rundown: I had returned from vacation and the Porsche EV had sat for a week in my garage without a charge, leaving the battery pack a little sleepy. Some additional pack charge was consumed when I installed and […]

In the Balance

December 6, 2012

Battery chemistry is a mysterious and arcane science that dates back to ancient Iraq, where theory holds that the Baghdad Battery was used to electroplate gold onto silver and possibly used to power ancient light bulbs. Of all the subject matter I’ve grappled with during this EV conversion project, battery technology has been the most […]

AltCar Expo 2012: Update

October 1, 2012

That time of year has rolled around again for the AltCar Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Despite the fact that I have not scheduled an official unveiling and christening, there is no reason to skip such an obvious showcase. I will be there with the 914 EV starting early on Saturday morning at […]

Teeniana

November 2, 2011

While waiting for my used rocker panel covers to return from sandblasting, I’ve been digging into Porsche 914 history. Aside from the general quest to convert a classic car from gas to electric, there are reasons I was drawn to the 914. First off, it was an overlooked underdog in its day, never getting the […]

AltCar Expo 2011

October 2, 2011

It’s hard to believe an entire year has gone by since the last AltCar Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. It was pretty low key as always, but there were plenty of enthusiasts lining up for free test drives of several electric vehicle models, including the Nissan Leaf, the Mitsubishi “i,” and the Chevrolet […]

Let’s Take a Breath

March 10, 2011

My flame was lit by like-minded reality hackers who showed me it was entirely possible to convert a gas-fueled automobile to run on electricity.  They did this through their blogs, demonstrating unique solutions to the various problems they encountered on their journeys.  An EV conversion is purely a DIY challenge that I wouldn’t have attempted […]

Prospero’s Diagrams

January 20, 2011

The subject of this post is the electrical wiring diagram, but before we jump in I’d like to digress into a brief monologue about automotive repair manuals. . I cut my teeth working on a myriad of VWs under the tutelage of John Muir’s brilliant Idiot’s Guide.  From those pages, Muir spoke to me in […]