Who am I?
My name is Shawn McCoy. I have had an interest in automobiles since I was young, however, it wasn’t until I was gifted a broken down Suzuki Samurai from my grandfather that I gained my first hands on experience repairing a vehicle. The car had not seen the road for many years, in fact it was not even running.
This was one of my first automotive experiences troubleshooting a problem and coming up with a solution and became a building block that propelled me into mechanical engineering. My other interest was computer programming. While these may seem like two different pursuits, they lead me through mechanical and electrical control solutions that I do not believe would have been possible without exposure to both.
What is EV Innovate all about?
EV Innovate is here to provide information on buying an electric car, converting your own electric car, creating your own green energy, and electric vehicle innovations.
The goal is to provide the best information to help convert vehicles to electric power from gasoline or diesel. In order to provide the best information possible, I will include honest product reviews, detailed component information, and how to guides for buying, preparation, and budgeting before starting.
Why EV Innovate?
I have been inspired by many innovations in the automotive industry but have not seen nearly enough in the electric vehicle sub-market, especially in the electric car conversion space. I recognize that there will be pressure to create and innovate electric vehicles further in the next decade.
Electrification does not need to stop at just cars, it can be expanded to all transportation vehicles. This is the reason behind EV Innovate, to provide innovations on all electric vehicles.
Electric cars are the transportation of the future, and will only grow in popularity and demand. Two reasons to go for a fully electric car are drastically reduced dependence on foreign oil, and to remove vehicle emissions from the atmosphere. It is hard to talk about electric cars without mentioning the environment.
There have been a couple of arguments regarding how clean electric cars truly are for the environment. The first argument is that the lithium-based batteries used in electric cars are produced across the world and are transported using conventional fossil fuels.
The lithium element is mined in various locations, and lithium batteries can be manufactured anywhere in the world. China has been able to generate many products including lithium batteries.
The second argument is that the electricity used to power your vehicle may be generated from a renewable clean source. This has to do with the power generation infrastructure in the area in which you live. Changes to infrastructure do take a fair amount of time, especially if you are in an area that relies on coal power generation. In North America we have an abundance of coal in the ground ready to be mined.
To ensure that you have clean power generation in your area you have two options. One option is to petition your government to implement more renewable resource power generation stations like solar, wind turbines, or water based dams or tidal regeneration. Any major transition to the electricity infrastructure will take time, especially since power generation burning coal is more cost efficient than to change to renewable. This change is not going to be a financial one.
The second option is to take matters into your own hands. By this I mean that you can install solar panels to your roof, or if you have the room, to install a wind turbine on your property.
There are more gasoline powered vehicles on the road compared to electric vehicles. To me it is cleaner to convert your vehicle to electric power compared to buying a new electric vehicle.
One of the issues that electric cars have had in the last decade has been futuristic styling. This could be a shot at consumers in an effort to try and prove that they do not actually want electric vehicles. This is shown when electric vehicle auto sales do not meet manufacturer expectations. However, this issue has been slowly fading since Tesla Motors hit the automotive industry with their Roadster.
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