A growing number of automakers have pure electric vehicles available these days, but EVs are still relatively scarce. And what do we – the gearheads – know about them? They’re expensive. They don’t go very far. They don’t go very fast. Most of them (at least on the American grid) are charged from coal-fired power plants, making them even dirtier than the conventional cars they replaced.
Oh, and they’re driven by tree-hugging hippies who don’t care about automotive performance.
Not exactly. Despite all the above-mentioned naysaying, there’s a growing group of gearheads out there building their own EVs. They’re spending far less money, they’re going greater distances, and – this is where it REALLY gets exciting – they’re going really fast.
Regular readers here probably notice we’re mixing things up a bit this week for #GTKY. Typically, Getting To Know You is inspired by the story we run on Monday and is on the shorter side. Today, though, I thought we’d mix it up a bit and throw a couple questions your way about a story we’re running later in the week, as well as sharing a little insight into why we we’re asking the questions we do.
(The better we get to know you, the better we can SERVE you. See how that works?)
I titled this story “Awesome EVs” because I know they’re out there. They run some of the coolest custom fabrication work you’ve probably ever seen, and they’re getting faster. Earlier this month, our man Dave Hymers attended the EV Drags at Southwestern International Raceway in Tucson. It’s funny to joke about Dave putting the “mentalist” in environmentalist, but the folks building their own EVs are no joke. Dave saw several DIY EVs running 11-, 10-, and even 7-second E.T.s at SIR.