Anyone else thought of building a microcar type vehicle like Mr Squibb and his Moonbeam?
The thought has crossed my mind more than a few times. I drive a motorcycle to work for the most part, so driving a tiny vehicle like that would not discourage me, and driving a purpose built commuter for all weather seems like a good way to go for 95% of my driving.
i klnow you can get a dune buggy frame and make it street legal. im sure you could fab up some kind of super aeodynamic "shell" for it. along with either a metro 3 engine or what they usually use in dunebuggies: 4cyl VW engine from the beetles, bus, ghia...
Thanks for the link. Funny that he is using a Mini. I am currently rebuilding one myself. Just put the outer sill on the right side in last weekend. Inner sill and rear floorpan get work this weekend.
When its done, I may start a microcar from scratch.
Don't know if I'll be there, but here is a partial list of exhibitors :
AFV Fleet Service
American Custom Golf Cars
American Honda Motor Company
Big Blue Bus
California Cars Initiative
California Air Resources Board
California Department of Consumer Affairs
California Fuel Cell Partnership
Canadian Electric Vehicles
City of Santa Monica
Clean FUEL USA
Coalition For Clean Air
Columbia Par Car
Earth Friendly Moving
Free Drive EV, INC
Green Earth Electric Vehicles
International Environmental Solutions
LA Bike Coalition
Los Angeles Biodoesel Coop
Miles Automotive Group
National Biodiesel Board
Orange 20 Bikes
Petersen Automotive Museum
Phoenix Motorcars Inc.
Plug In America
Port of Chelan County
Propane Education Research Council
Roush Industries Inc.
Ruff and Tuff Electric Vehicles
Santa Monica Ford
Society for Sustainable Mobility
Society of Automotive Engineers
Solar Santa Monica
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas
Southern California Transit Advocates
States Logistics Services Inc.
Sustainable Transport Club
Tellurian BioDiesel, Inc.
The Electric Car Company of Long Beach
Third Planet Energy Inc.
Tom's Truck Center
Union of Concerned Scientists
3 Phases Renewables
And here's a list of speakers ...
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
9:30 Special AltCar Expo Transportation / Legislation Planning Session
12:00 Mary Nichols, Chairperson ARB -- Keynote
1:00 California Energy Commission/Air Resources Board -- ?Driving with the New Climate Control: State of CA Transportation Climate Change
2:00 Terry Tamminen -- Keynote
3:00 John V. White, CEERT; Terry Tamminen; Fran Pavley -- PBS Transportation Series, Debut Screening
4:00 ?The Likely Effects of Federal Climate Change Policy on the Development of Alternative Vehicles? -- Moderated by Martin Wachs, RAND Corporation; Panelists: J.R. DeShazo, UCLA; Matthew Kahn, UCLA
4:00 Terry Tamminen - book signing
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 - Transportation Tent
10:30 ?Getting Out of The Box, Moving with Our Feet? ? Livable Places & LA Bike Coalition
11:30 ?Legislation, Tax Credits & Consumer Savings? ? with Dan Kalb, Union of Concerned Scientists and Ron Smith, Adrianus Resources
12:30 ?Solving The Transportation Nightmare?? SMC, Transportation Coalition & CALPIRG
2:30 ?Restructuring Transit in Los Angeles to Respond to the Needs of the Riders? -- Moderated by Dr. Jim Moore, USC; Panelists, Tom Rubin, Consultant; Roy Reynolds, PRT Strategies & Jerry Roane, TriTrack
3:30 ?Monorails - at Present and in the Future? -- Dick Falconberry; Brian Brooks
4:30 Transportation Screening and Panel
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 - Technology Tent
10:15 "A Status of San Fransisco's Biofuel Integration Experience" -- Ben Jordan, Bio-Fuel Recycling
10:30 Biodiesel Technology Panel -- Moderated by Fred Wellens, NBB Board Member; Joe Gershen, Tellurian Biodiesel; Kent Bullard, LA Biodiesel Coop; Ben Jordan, Bio-Fuel Recycling
11:30 Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Technology Panel - Moderated by Leslie Goodbody, ARB; Vasilios Manousiouthakis, UCLA; Steve Ellis, American Honda Motor Company; Chris White, CA Fuel Cell Partners
12:30 Natural Gas Technology Panel -- Moderated by Ron Smith, Adrianus Resources; Steve Ellis, American Honda Motor Company; Henry Hogo, AQMD
1:30 Electric Technology Panel -- Moderated by Edward Kjare, So Cal Edison; Victor Juarez, Electro Autos Eficaces de Mexico; Tom Gage, AC Propulsion; Chris Paine, Who Killed The Electric Car?
2:30 Plug-In Technology Panel - Moderated by Ron Johnston-Rodriguez, Port of Chelan; Dr. Andrew Frank, UC Davis; Edward Kjare, So Cal Edison; Marguaritte Jones, Austin Energy; Roger Slotkin, RS Management
4:00 All Technologies Debate -- Moderated by Rick Sikes, City of Santa Monica; Edward Kjare, So Cal Edison; Steve Ellis, American Honda Motor Company; Ryan Grady, Roush Ind.; Joe Gershen, Tellurian Biodiesel; Dr. Andrew Frank, UC Davis