Update – End of 2023
(and some of 2022)
It’s been some time since I’ve sent out an update and I apologize. This year has been chaotic as I dealt with several family related issues. Because of work and the personal responsibilities of the year, I have not been able to do much work on the vehicle. In lieu of a progress update for 2023, listed here is what I, along with some talented people have accomplished in the last three years, (since Covid). I want to specifically thank Mark Neubauer, an amazing engineer, who I wish I could pay a million dollars.
AND I want to thank all of you for supporting me/my company/us. Without the help of my supporters, (YOU) none of what is below could have been accomplished.
On The Prototype R&D Side –
Totally new control system built using new Arduino with new software for throttle control
Removal and replacement of old wiring harnesses
Replacement of broken relays
Rewiring of lighting system
New fuse panel installed, new fuses
New DC to DC converter
Rewiring of AC to DC converters
Rewiring of DC to DC converters
Construction of new, custom drafted & laser cut steering wheel
Design and wiring of multi-switch panel for steering wheel
New speedometer programmed
New vehicle information display programmed
Motor controller settings adjusted
New software to control lights, turn signals
All brake lines replaced, bled, pressurized
Right-Left brake levers combined into one lever to control front & rear brakes
New steering wheel mount brake lever with new master cylinder installed
Brake line pressurizing valve installed
Rebuilding of accessory switch panel
Internal hub gear control cable replaced
2 Bridge rectifiers replaced
2 Ventilation fans installed
New, much more comfortable, adjustable seat installed
New onboard trickle charger installed
Interior lined with vinyl upholstery
Absolutely gorgeous new exterior designs created by automotive designer Vedran Martinek
On The Business Side –
GoFundMe campaign raised $15,000
Applied for and received Launch Minnesota grant of $21,000
Application and acceptance to gBeta Future of Manufacturing accelerator in Indianapolis, IN
Attendance at Wisconsin Clean Cities Transportation & innovation Expo in Madison, WI
Design patent #D873,710 finalized
Totally redesigned website launched
Currently 483 new vehicle reservations
Plans for the coming year, 2024 –
Complete the upgrades and repairs to the prototype.
Embark on a large scale, multi investor pitching schedule.
Work with the state of Minnesota on possible grant funding.
Explore applying for a federal SBIR grant.
Explore crowd funding through a platform like StartEngine.