Chassislab Highlights Electric Car Show in Suisun City

Chassislab is a school course where students learn math and science by build the Switch EV from Sebastopol-based Electric Auto Shop.

The Switch electric vehicle from Electric Auto Shop is available as a school course called Chassislab to teach students math and science by building a complete electric car.

From a veritable smorgasbord of leading electric car-makers–Chevrolet, Nissan, Ford, Toyota, Tesla, Fiat, Mitsubishi, Via Motors and others–it was the Switch from Electric Auto Shop that landed on the front page of the local paper.

The open-framed electric car draws a crowd wherever it goes as spectators can see how the electric drive train and mechanics of the car work. It was designed to help students learn math and science by building a complete electric car in the classroom through a course called ChassisLab.

ChassisLab is a step by step curriculum for teaching electric vehicle technology. The program is designed for grades 9th and up. It is a 16-week course taught and assembled in the school lab/shop and classroom. Learn more at Electric Auto Shop and read about the Suisun City EV Show in the Daily Republic.

PODCAST 117: San Francisco Auto Show Preview

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  This is the auto show show of sorts because we are excited that the Chassis Lab Switch electric car kit has been invited for an educational display as part of the 56th Annual San Francisco International Auto Show. The show runs November 28 through December 2nd as San Francisco’s Moscone Center. PODCASTLISTEN Read more of this post

PODCAST 116: Are We There Yet?

More AFVs coming out on the market, and why students are more important than ever
We live in interesting times when several models of alternatively fueled vehicles are now on the open market, with more coming out.  As developers of alternative fuel vehicles, on this episode of the podcast Mike and Alex talk about why Electric Auto Shop is more relevant than ever. PodcastListen Here

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Electric Car Rentals Stalled in U.S. by Range Anxiety

Bloomberg - Electric Car Rentals Stalled in U.S. by Range Anxiety

Rental car drivers just aren’t plugging into electric vehicles, largely because of fears the batteries will die.

In fact, people who drive off in electric vehicles from Enterprise Holdings Inc., the biggest U.S. auto renter, often bring them back to trade for a car that runs on gasoline.

“People are very keen to try it, but they will switch out of the contract part way through,” Lee Broughton, head of sustainability at Enterprise, said in an interview. “Range anxiety makes them think they can’t get to a charging station.” Read More