PODCAST: Electric Submarines and Crowdsource EV Projects with Michael Mack
October 21, 2013 1 Comment
Everyone has their dream car, so it was amusing to read this past week about Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk acquiring a famous car from the James Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Loved Me.’ In the film, the car in question, a Lotus Esprit, is being chased by the bad guys when 007 drives it off a pier, crashing into the water and pushing a button that transforms the car into a submarine. Reportedly, Musk found that the film used special effects and the car doesn’t actually transform, but he wants to make the car electric and able to go underwater anyway.
Perhaps our guest on this week’s podcast, Mike Mack from Electric Auto Shop, could convince Musk to have student EV builders take on this project? Why not, he’s Elon Musk, right? Mack went on to introduce the concept of Crowdfunding for EVs. Crowdfunding is a new concept in fundraising and startup creation, a process which can leverage websites like Kickstarter.com and Indiegogo.com.
Also in the news, ComputerWorld published an in-depth report about wireless EV charging using manhole covers. Also, Toyota announced that it will be selling a production Fuel Cell car starting next year.
VIDEO From ‘The Spy Who Loved Me‘