A 150 mile EV–50 Years Ago

A 150 mile EV–50 Years Ago

It's easy to get caught up in the hype and feel like we are at the pinnacle of technology today. In many ways, it's true, but in others, we aren't moving along as fast as we might think. People familiar with old AMC cars, like the Pacer and the Gremlin, will recognize this right away. This car didn't make it to production, but it definitely inspired the style of cars that followed in in the years later. Background While AMC didn't have the deep pockets of the "Big 3" automakers, several developments pushed them to produce this prototype. First, air…
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Size Matters.  (We found our Lithium-ion cell supplier!)

Size Matters. (We found our Lithium-ion cell supplier!)

After months of searching and discussing with a number of different battery suppliers, we have finally found the supplier we are looking for! For several months now we have been talking to a number of different suppliers of our target battery, the 18650 Lithium-Ion based cell. We spoke with wholesalers, distributors, and even directly to several manufacturers, but in most cases ran into a common challenge: As a startup, we simply weren't able to get them to commit to large volume pricing. We have more than 1 mWh of batteries required to meet our current deposit holders on our pre-order…
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Fēnix & Recycling

Fēnix & Recycling

We are often asked by our customers "What are you doing about recycling?" or "What happens to my old battery and what happens to your batteries when they're at the end of their life?" and of course, our answer has always been that we're committed to never throwing cells away. But anyone can say they're going to do something, words without actions are just words. We have been searching to find the right recycling partner, and today we are excited to announce our search is over. We have found a recycling partner that not only will recycle our old cells,…
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A few words on modifying cars and their software in the US

One of the questions we get asked quite often is about the legality of modifying a car to install our solution.  In the US, aftermarket automotive suppliers have enjoyed more protections than in other countries for many years, however, cars have evolved beyond the standard definitions of those older rules.  For example, many cars have computers and software, and often multiple computers and a variety of software operating them.  Under the old rules and combined with modern software protection rules, where does this leave us? Well, the simplest way for us to work under the rules as they stood until…
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