Design News reader Chris Gaylo worked with his son to convert a 1991 Volkswagen Cabriolet to an electric vehicle (EV) with a 50-60 mile range and a top speed of 75 mph. Gaylo, who used lead-acid batteries on his EV, contends that our article about the difficulties facing EV battery makers was skewed. “It should not take nearly the level of effort that’s being professed,” he wrote. See Gaylo’s EV on his website.
The so-called “maker movement” may not be big on degrees and formal training, but it can teach the engineering community valuable lessons in product design, an expert at UBM’s Embedded Systems Conference said this week.
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