Business Journal: Switch, Electric Auto Shop Team on Electric Car Instructor Training

Tustin High School and the Racer 8 Electric Go Kart from Electric Auto Shop

Tustin High School built an electric go kart with a course purchased from Electric Auto Shop.

SEBASTOPOL and FORESTVILLE – There are plenty of folks who believe the future of driving belongs to electric cars. There are others who are sure of it.

Electric Auto Shop is the brainchild of Michael Mack, a long-time electric car professional – he’s held positions at CPI International, US Electricar and Zap Power Systems.

“Electric cars are taking off, and there are plenty of designers, but where are the service and repair people? There will be a real need for technicians, and high school is the place to train them,” he said.

He devised courses converting a Chevy truck to an electric vehicle.  While showcasing his offerings at the Educating for Career Conference in Sacramento Mr. Mack met Switch Vehicle partner Peter Oliver. Read More

Skateboard with Electric Boost Redefines Urban Transportation

Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work — or anywhere in a six-mile radius — quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.

“This uses 20 times less energy for every mile or kilometer you travel than a car,” said Sanjay Dastoor. “Which means, not only is this thing fast to charge and really cheap to build, but it also reduces your footprint of your energy use in terms of your transportation.” Read more of this post