Sir Forkenswift - an EV! · 16 October 07
Congratulations to Darin who now has a street legal EV.
You might remember Forkenswift from earlier appearances here, when even Darin wasn’t sure if the loose collection of parts would make the transition to a real EV.
But it’s official now: if you check out the before and after photos of the registration you’ll see that the little Swift has gone from a 3 cylinder “G” (gas) to a 0 cylinder “E”. A little more about the transition to legal from Darin:
Turns out getting insurance was the trickiest step to date. Several companies turned me down flat because it’s a conversion (despite having passed inspection). It took a while to find a company hungry enough to take the money and cover the massive risk of this 35 mph top-speed screamer!
The amazing thing is we managed to stick to our “beer budget” motto, and got the vehicle to this point for under $700 all in, thanks to some motivated scrounging for cheap used parts, a few generous donations (some cabling & hand-me-down floodies), discount machining by a friend, and a lot of pure, blind luck (we had no idea what we were doing when this all started, in case that’s not obvious).
Of course there’s still a pile of improvements/refinements to be made to the car (that goes without saying), but at least the subsequent test runs around the neighbourhood can take place without the threat of getting busted!
Here are some of the earlier posts and links to Darin’s web page and EVAlbum entry: