Sketching It Out

A project log for Power Pack: Diversifying the Automobile

Powering the future is about diversifying our energy sources, including the vehicles that power or lives.

james-neeJames Nee 04/19/2016 at 04:450 Comments

I started sketching some ideas of what the finished product might look like.

The hope is to eventually design and build the whole vehicle from the ground up so that I could define the suspension characteristics, weight distribution, and surround sound system, but for now It only makes sense that to get a nice donor car and convert it.

Thankfully, many others have converted traditional gasoline vehicles to be electric, and based on the experience of others a I would be looking at a Chevy S10, or a Honda Civic. A Porsche 911 would also be a great choice, but definitely out of my price range.

The idea in itself is relatively simple - clear out the engine bay, and replace it with a mounting rack for Power Pack Modules.

One of the ideas that I played around with was also the concept of a hood alternative. There is definitely a lot to be said about the aesthetics and aerodynamic qualities of a single, stamped hood, but do cars without sensitive moving components in the engine bay need to be shielded as robustly?

With the S10, it is probably that the mounting rack would be in the bed itself, improving weight distribution, ease of access, and time to replace modules.