Re: [think_ev] What makes Clare Bell tick?
>Go to www.EVworld.com, and click on the story "Clare Bell, E-Vet."The direct link is:
And the printable, which has small font bad for the eyes, but helps
avoid the "continue" button is:
I thought you did a terrific job. It is not so easy to distill
something down so much, yet have so much meat to it.
I had several thoughts in response to this article.
First, the last few paragraphs:
>If Ford follows through on its plan to abandon Th!nk City production (despite demonstrated demand) in favor of suing the California Air Resources Board, she'd love to teach Ford a little lesson about survival.From this we can see not only that Claire would be a good candidate to
>"There's nothing on that car that you can't buy from a vendor, except the body. The electrical components are from Siemens or Actia of France, the batteries are from SAFT There are a few custom-made hoses, but nothing fancy. With a little funding, there's nothing to stop us from putting the Th!nk brains in a Geo Metro body and making a great little car."
>She seems the perfect person to pull this off, combining years of hobbyist experience with time at two major manufacturers. "You can't just take some guy out of school and say, 'Okay, build me an electric car.' To build a good electric car, you need to have lived with a bad one. The auto industry has been slow to take advantage of the years of experience of enthusiasts. But it's not over yet, not by a long shot."
be near the top of any *genuine* effort to bring EV's to the public,
but also we learn a bit about what it really takes. I also liked the
interesting comment about needing *both* mechanical and electrical
I also got a more rounded sense of the *electrical* hazards and
dangers of poorly designed EV's. This has come up with the recent
recall of the Iacoca bike, and a few other EV's over the years,
including the BAT efforts (never mind the investor nonsense, just
looking at the Engineering, one engineer told me they really didn't
know enough about what they were doing). I have not heard of further
GEM fires, aside from the one covered by the NY Post, but if there are
more or in other EV's, they will doubtless be covered. Since I was
involved in helping to cover the GEM story, Bell's further comments on
the importance of good electrical design are in instructive to me.
Another thought is that when one does have a well-designed EV, or a
half-well-designed one, that makes it all that much more of a pity to
throw it away (such as GM is doing), since we can sense that it is not
at all a no-brainer to design a good one.
I look forward to more articles and-or discussion of this one.