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Thank you,
Dave Delman



On April 2, 2014 4:04:49 PM [hidden email] wrote:

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>    1. EVLN: Tesla adds free titanium underbody pack shields to
>       Model S (brucedp5)
>    2. EVLN: ?18k Zoe provides the best value/quality balance
>       r:90-60mi (brucedp5)
>    3. Re: Charger for flooded cell NiCd batteries? (EVDL Administrator)
>    4. Re: Charger for flooded cell NiCd batteries? (Evan Tuer)
>    5. HACKED PRIUS RUNNING ON MUNI POWER LINES (Ing. Marco Gaxiola)
>    6. Re: HACKED PRIUS RUNNING ON MUNI POWER LINES (Peter Gabrielsson)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 01:46:25 -0700 (PDT)
> From: brucedp5 <[hidden email]>
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: [EVDL] EVLN: Tesla adds free titanium underbody pack shields
> to Model S
> Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
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>
> Either by request or during the next servicing, the free shields will be
> installed
>
> http://green.autoblog.com/2014/03/28/prevent-fire-tesla-adds-free-titanium-underbody-shields-model-s/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+weblogsinc%2Fautoblog+%28Autoblog%29
> Tesla adds free titanium underbody shields to Model S to prevent fires
> Mar 28th 2014  By Sebastian Blanco  Tesla  Tip: Raphael
>
> [image
> http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/424x280+159+19/resize/250x165!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/adam/8d614c3781ac389a9ab6d6f946aa6924/tesla%20titanium%20underbody.png
> Tesla Model S Titanium Underbelly
> ]
>
> Following a garage fire incident with a Model S EV last year, Tesla Motors
> quickly sent out an over-the-air software update to adjust how the car
> charges. Following two on-road fires caused by road debris that struck the
> underside of different Model S EVs (one in Washington State and the other in
> Tennessee), Tesla basically said, that it was a random thing, and the car is
> perfectly safe. The company later sent out a software update to have the car
> ride a bit higher at highway speeds. Today, Tesla is offering a more
> substantial solution.
>
> Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that all Model S EVs built since March 6
> have a stronger triple underbody shield that should "bring this (fire) risk
> down to virtually zero." The company conducted 152 tests using, "every worst
> case debris impact we can think of, including hardened steel structures set
> in the ideal position for a piking event, essentially equivalent to driving
> a car at highway speed into a steel spear braced on the tarmac" and is now
> confident that there's basically nothing that can break through the new
> barriers. As you can see here, the shields prevent a concrete block, a three
> ball tow hitch and a steel alternator from puncturing the car's underside.
>
> The new shields should "bring this (fire) risk down to virtually zero."
>
> Any Model S owner who wants the new triple shield can ask for it, and even
> if they don't ask, the structure will be installed whenever the car is next
> in for service. The three layers of the shield include a rounded, hollow
> aluminum bar, a titanium plate and "a shallow angle, solid aluminum
> extrusion." The new shields, "only have a 0.1 percent impact on range and
> don't affect ride or handling," Musk writes, which means there's no reason
> for Model S owners not to get the upgrade. You can read all of Musk's
> explanation [in the PR] below ...
> [? green.autoblog.com]
>
>
>
> http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1091140_teslas-fire-fix-model-s-to-get-titanium-battery-shield
> Tesla's Fire Fix: Model S To Get Titanium Battery Shield
> 03/28/2014
>
>
>
> http://abcnews.go.com/Business/elon-musk-tesla-solved-federal-fire-probe/story?id=23097173
> Tesla's Model S Gets Titanium Upgrade With Triple Underbody Shield
> March 28, 2014
>
>
>
> http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/cd11304c82b84eadbcd91fcca189625b/US--Tesla-Fires
> Tesla to install 3 shields to ward of roadway debris, prevent battery fires
> March 28, 2014
>
>
>
> http://wallstcheatsheet.com/automobiles/battery-fires-begone-tesla-looks-to-titanium-armor-for-help.html/
> Battery Fires Begone: Tesla Looks to Titanium Armor for Help
> March 28, 2014
>
>
>
> http://investorplace.com/2014/03/tsla-nhtsa-closes-investigations-tesla-fires/
> NHTSA Closes Investigations Into Tesla Fires
> The agency says it didn't find a defect in the Model S
> Mar 28, 2014
>
>
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> Here are today's archive-only EV posts:
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> EVLN: Bombardier?s Electric bus takes to Germany's roads
> EVLN: New NZ mail Electric delivery vehicles trialled
> EVLN: New free EVSE installed in Tracy, CA
> EVLN: Oslo makes room for more EVs> ban petrol & diesel ice by 2035
> EVLN: Cameron Diaz' Tesla-S EV in Westwood
> +
> EVLN: ?18k Zoe provides the best value/quality balance r:90-60mi
>
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> Message: 2
> Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 01:48:00 -0700 (PDT)
> From: brucedp5 <[hidden email]>
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: [EVDL] EVLN: ?18k Zoe provides the best value/quality balance
> r:90-60mi
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>
> http://www.thecourier.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/renault-s-electric-zoe-lights-things-up-1.290955
> Renault?s electric Zoe lights things up
> By Jack McKeown  29 March 2014
>
> [image
> http://www.thecourier.co.uk/polopoly_fs/1.290953.1396010304!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/box_620/image.jpg
> ]
>
> Renault is getting into electric cars in a big way. In addition to the
> Fluence ZE, the strange and funky little Twizy and the Kangoo ZE van,
> there?s this: the Zoe.
>
> The supermini has an 88bhp electric motor that takes you from a standstill
> to 62mph in 13.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 84mph.
>
> That?s not terribly speedy but the better news is it zips up to in-town
> speeds in no time at all ? nought to 30mph takes just four seconds.
>
> The Zoe is priced at ?17,993, which falls into a much more affordable
> sub-?14k price category once the government?s ?5,000 electric car grant is
> taken into account.
>
> That makes it cheaper than a lot of its rivals in the fledgling electric car
> market.
>
> How have Renault managed to undercut the opposition? By sneakily making you
> lease the car?s batteries, at a cost of at least ?70 a month.
>
> That buys you up to 7,500 miles a year ? go further and they?ll charge you
> more.
>
> Some might be balking at this but it?s actually quite a clever way of doing
> things. The technology used is largely untested ? at least in a motoring
> environment.
>
> Will an electric car?s expensive battery still retain as much charge after
> five years of use as it does when new? Might range drop from 60-90 miles to
> 30? 20? 10?
>
> Who knows? The point is that by leasing the battery you?re transferring this
> risk from yourself to Renault.
>
> It?s charged via a home wall point that?s installed by British Gas before
> you take delivery of the car. The 7KW charger brings the batteries up to
> full in three to four hours.
>
> Officially its range is up to 130 miles but Renault are smart enough to know
> that ? as with ?official? fuel economy ? buyers are savvy enough to smell a
> rat.
>
> They advise that most drivers will get around 90 miles from a full charge
> during summertime. In a Scottish winter, when the lights and heater will be
> on, and when the cold saps the battery, 60 miles is as far as you should
> look to travel in between plugging it in.
>
> Because it?s electric there isn?t a fuel economy statistic as such, but
> cost-wise it works out roughly the same as getting 170mpg from an ordinary
> car ? more if you top up the batteries using free public charge points.
>
> So what?s it like to drive? For those who?ve never been in an electric car
> the most immediate ? and pleasant ? impression is one of serenity and peace.
>
> You don?t notice just how much noise an internal combustion engine makes
> until it?s absent. The flipside of this is that wind and tyre noise become
> more noticeable, but it?s still a very quiet car indeed.
>
> The weight of the batteries mean it doesn?t handle nearly as tightly as a
> class leader like the Ford Fiesta.
>
> So it isn?t a heap of fun to hustle through bends, although it grips well
> enough. But the single-gear nature of the transmission means power delivery
> is seamless and the suspension soaks up bumps quite nicely.
>
> Inside it?s all very sci-fi, with an off-white colour scheme and plenty of
> LEDs along with a touchscreen monitor.
>
> You sit high and there isn?t enough legroom for very tall drivers but
> otherwise space isn?t bad. There?s a 338 litre boot, which will expand to
> 1,225 if you drop the rear seats.
>
> Electric cars still have limitations ? range being foremost ? but the Zoe
> provides the best value/quality balance of the current crop.
>
> Price: ?15,195
> 0-62mph: 13.5 seconds
> Top speed: 84mph
> Fuel economy: N/A
> CO2 emissions: 0
> Range: Up to 130 miles
> [? 2014 DC Thomson]
>
>
>
>
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> Here are today's archive-only EV posts:
>
> EVLN: Bombardier?s Electric bus takes to Germany's roads
> EVLN: New NZ mail Electric delivery vehicles trialled
> EVLN: New free EVSE installed in Tracy, CA
> EVLN: Oslo makes room for more EVs> ban petrol & diesel ice by 2035
> EVLN: Cameron Diaz' Tesla-S EV in Westwood
> +
> EVLN: Tesla adds free titanium underbody pack shields to Model S
>
>
> {brucedp.150m.com}
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> Message: 3
> Date: Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:08:20 -0400
> From: "EVDL Administrator" <[hidden email]>
> To: Electric Vehicle Discussion List <[hidden email]>
> Subject: Re: [EVDL] Charger for flooded cell NiCd batteries?
> Message-ID: <[hidden email]>
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> On 31 Mar 2014 at 2:54, Jan Steinman wrote:
>
> > he person I got these batteries from fried individual batteries -- I
> > mean internally melted! -- by charging them to spec in a 144V string!
> I've heard of this happening from gross overcharging, but NEVER when they
> were "charged to spec" (in accordance with Saft's specifications).
>
> I don't recommend it, but you can gas these batteries all day at 7 amps
> with no significant harm, just like you can trickle charge small (AA-D)
> NiCd cells forever with little or no effect on cycle life.
> There were problems with early STM5-100MRs and I think also with STM5-
> 140MRs.  When used at anything over 2C5 to 2.5C5, the separators would
> fail, IIRC, often with catastropic results.  However, Saft STM5-180s are
> strudy batteries.
> You do not need regulators at the battery or cell level.
> David Roden - Akron, Ohio, USA
> EVDL Administrator
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> Message: 4
> Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:10:05 +0100
> From: Evan Tuer <[hidden email]>
> To: Electric Vehicle Discussion List <[hidden email]>
> Subject: Re: [EVDL] Charger for flooded cell NiCd batteries?
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> I doubt this too.  I've never heard of these cells being damaged or
> overheating through *correct* charging, although I'm only familiar with the
> water-cooled variety.
>
> I have heard of one Saft pack being cooked.  IIRC it was a Manzanita PFC
> charger, something to do with it restarting as the voltage dropped, then
> thermal runwaway at bulk charge current.  This is not charging to spec
> though.
>
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM, EVDL Administrator <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > On 31 Mar 2014 at 2:54, Jan Steinman wrote:
> >
> > > he person I got these batteries from fried individual batteries -- I
> > > mean internally melted! -- by charging them to spec in a 144V string!
> >
> > I've heard of this happening from gross overcharging, but NEVER when they
> > were "charged to spec" (in accordance with Saft's specifications).
> >
> > I don't recommend it, but you can gas these batteries all day at 7 amps
> > with
> > no significant harm, just like you can trickle charge small (AA-D) NiCd
> > cells forever with little or no effect on cycle life.
> >
> > There were problems with early STM5-100MRs and I think also with STM5-
> > 140MRs.  When used at anything over 2C5 to 2.5C5, the separators would
> > fail,
> > IIRC, often with catastropic results.  However, Saft STM5-180s are strudy
> > batteries.
> >
> > You do not need regulators at the battery or cell level.
> >
> > David Roden - Akron, Ohio, USA
> > EVDL Administrator
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> Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:20:03 -0700
> From: "Ing. Marco Gaxiola" <[hidden email]>
> To: "'Electric Vehicle Discussion List'" <[hidden email]>
> Subject: [EVDL] HACKED PRIUS RUNNING ON MUNI POWER LINES
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> Not sure if I saw this on EVDL or FB, but in any case it is interesting:
>
>
> http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/4717-hacked-prius-running-on-muni-powe
> r-lines
>
>
>
>
> HACKED PRIUS RUNNING ONMUNI POWERLINES
>
> By Sierra Hartman
>
> A couple months ago I was walking out of Golden Gate Park onto Fulton around
> 8th Avenue. I stepped onto the sidewalk just in time to see a Prius roll by
> with a pair of giant antennae mounted on the roof. At first I thought it was
> just some kind of art-car getup, but then I realized the antennae was the
> same power pole doodad that MUNI buses use (I later learned they're called
> "trolley poles"). Not only that, they were actually running along the
> overhead power cables for the 5 line. The driver cruised past with a
> high-pitched humming noise as I stood there thinking, "No. Fucking. Way."
>
> Two weeks ago I was in the Safeway parking lot at 16th and Bryant when I saw
> the driver again. This time I was on my motorcycle and happened to have my
> camera. I snapped a few shots as he passed the bus stop, then jumped on my
> bike and followed him east on 16th. I caught up to him a few blocks later at
> Kansas. Before I even dropped into first gear I could hear Foghat blaring
> out the windows, "Sloow riide, take it easy."
>
> I pulled up behind him and noticed his fantastically appropriate license
> plate: MUNI PWR. I sidled up next to the open driver's side window and
> shouted over the music, "Hey, man! Are you actually running on the power
> lines with that thing?"
>
> "You know it, dude! 150 miles of free energy courtesy of Mr. MTA!"
>
> I instantly had a lot of questions and asked if we could talk. From his back
> pocket he fished out a business card that looked like it had been in there
> for a year.
>
> "Can't talk now, but yeah man, give me a call."
>
> All the card said was "Jon" with a phone number on the bottom. "All right,
> dude, MUNI's coming," he said, gesturing at the approaching bus behind us.
>
> I went home and called him later that day. I asked if we could meet in
> person to talk more, and we set a time to meet at his place in the Outer
> Richmond.
>
> I was excited to get a closer look at the car, but when I got to Jon's
> building, there was a conspicuous lack of power cables and the car was
> nowhere to be found. He buzzed me up to his apartment and greeted me at the
> top of the stairs. He was a calmer, more stoic version of the wild-eyed
> character I met before, and after a minute or two of the standard first
> meeting chitchat, I asked where his car was.
>
> "Oh, she's got a special home."
>
> I asked what kind of special home, and he said with a grin that he was not
> at liberty to say.
>
> "She wouldn't do too well out here in the avenues anyway. Once I come off
> the power lines I only have about two minutes of go time before the
> batteries quit. After that I gotta depend on the ol' Chevrolegs. It's
> usually fine for turning around or parking but it's no bueno if I'm stuck at
> the bottom of a hill. As long as I plan ahead, though, the wires get me just
> about anywhere and everywhere I want to go. Except they get pretty pissed
> when I run on the light-rail lines on 3rd Street."
>
> Whenever I asked about how he came upon the trolley poles or his discovery
> of how they worked, he less than subtly evaded the question and changed the
> subject. I suspected he had some connection with MUNI, probably a former
> employee who somehow maintained access to a less-frequented storage
> facility. I've seen old streetcars and antique buses parked in big lots in
> Dogpatch and figured there must be facilities for the electric buses too.
>
> I had a hundred questions aside from that, though, so the conversation went
> on regardless. I asked what the hardest part was in putting the whole thing
> together.
>
> "The juice, man. The overhead power lines put out 600 volts at around 400
> amps; plenty of "juice" to stop your heart and fry your extremities." So how
> do you use an electrical system designed to propel a 30,000-lb. bus to run a
> 3,000-lb. Frankenhybrid?
>
> "You just gotta siphon it off," he said, as if it would all be so easy.
>
> The NiMh battery that does the heavy lifting in a normal Prius puts out 273
> volts at 6.5 amps. Jon uses up the excess power on a whole lot of resistors,
> full-time headlights, and a kick-ass stereo system. The more we talked, the
> more interesting he got. As it turned out, this wasn't his first attempt at
> public transport piracy.
>
> "A few years ago I modified an old VW Beetle to run on the cable car tracks,
> but they shut that one down real quick."
>
> The car I saw wasn't even his first Prius. The first one was a 2003 model
> that apparently wasn't built as robustly as the later ones.
>
> "She just couldn't handle the juice, man. I was driving up Van Ness one day
> and the roof unit started buzzing real loud. The whole engine compartment
> caught on fire and all the plastic under the hood started to melt. I kind of
> wish I would have saved it - it would have made a cool sculpture now that I
> think about it."
>
> I asked if he would consider making more if people offered up their hybrids
> for customization.
>
> "Absolutely, though I wonder how long it would last. The few guys at MUNI
> who have caught up with me aren't as impressed as you are. They haven't
> figured out how to make it illegal yet, but I can only imagine that'd happen
> pretty quick if it became a 'thing,' you know? Still, if someone is down,
> I'm always up for another project."
>
> I got the impression that Jon's car was more of a science experiment than a
> genius way to save money on gas, so I don't know how many of these we'll see
> buzzing around the city anytime soon. For anyone interested in volunteering
> their Prius for Munification, you can reach Jon at [hidden email]. But
> for now, keep an eye out for Jon and his Franken-car on a bus route near
> you.
>
>
>
> Ing. Marco Gaxiola
> EvMarch - Director
> https://www.facebook.com/EvMarch
>
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> Message: 6
> Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:52:07 -0700
> From: Peter Gabrielsson <[hidden email]>
> To: Electric Vehicle Discussion List <[hidden email]>
> Subject: Re: [EVDL] HACKED PRIUS RUNNING ON MUNI POWER LINES
> Message-ID:
> <[hidden email]>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>
> Published April 1st
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 8:20 AM, Ing. Marco Gaxiola <[hidden email]>wrote:
>
> > Not sure if I saw this on EVDL or FB, but in any case it is interesting:
> >
> >
> >
> > http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/4717-hacked-prius-running-on-muni-powe
> > r-lines
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > HACKED PRIUS RUNNING ONMUNI POWERLINES
> >
> > By Sierra Hartman
> >
> > A couple months ago I was walking out of Golden Gate Park onto Fulton
> > around
> > 8th Avenue. I stepped onto the sidewalk just in time to see a Prius roll by
> > with a pair of giant antennae mounted on the roof. At first I thought it
> > was
> > just some kind of art-car getup, but then I realized the antennae was the
> > same power pole doodad that MUNI buses use (I later learned they're called
> > "trolley poles"). Not only that, they were actually running along the
> > overhead power cables for the 5 line. The driver cruised past with a
> > high-pitched humming noise as I stood there thinking, "No. Fucking. Way."
> >
> > Two weeks ago I was in the Safeway parking lot at 16th and Bryant when I
> > saw
> > the driver again. This time I was on my motorcycle and happened to have my
> > camera. I snapped a few shots as he passed the bus stop, then jumped on my
> > bike and followed him east on 16th. I caught up to him a few blocks later
> > at
> > Kansas. Before I even dropped into first gear I could hear Foghat blaring
> > out the windows, "Sloow riide, take it easy."
> >
> > I pulled up behind him and noticed his fantastically appropriate license
> > plate: MUNI PWR. I sidled up next to the open driver's side window and
> > shouted over the music, "Hey, man! Are you actually running on the power
> > lines with that thing?"
> >
> > "You know it, dude! 150 miles of free energy courtesy of Mr. MTA!"
> >
> > I instantly had a lot of questions and asked if we could talk. From his
> > back
> > pocket he fished out a business card that looked like it had been in there
> > for a year.
> >
> > "Can't talk now, but yeah man, give me a call."
> >
> > All the card said was "Jon" with a phone number on the bottom. "All right,
> > dude, MUNI's coming," he said, gesturing at the approaching bus behind us.
> >
> > I went home and called him later that day. I asked if we could meet in
> > person to talk more, and we set a time to meet at his place in the Outer
> > Richmond.
> >
> > I was excited to get a closer look at the car, but when I got to Jon's
> > building, there was a conspicuous lack of power cables and the car was
> > nowhere to be found. He buzzed me up to his apartment and greeted me at the
> > top of the stairs. He was a calmer, more stoic version of the wild-eyed
> > character I met before, and after a minute or two of the standard first
> > meeting chitchat, I asked where his car was.
> >
> > "Oh, she's got a special home."
> >
> > I asked what kind of special home, and he said with a grin that he was not
> > at liberty to say.
> >
> > "She wouldn't do too well out here in the avenues anyway. Once I come off
> > the power lines I only have about two minutes of go time before the
> > batteries quit. After that I gotta depend on the ol' Chevrolegs. It's
> > usually fine for turning around or parking but it's no bueno if I'm stuck
> > at
> > the bottom of a hill. As long as I plan ahead, though, the wires get me
> > just
> > about anywhere and everywhere I want to go. Except they get pretty pissed
> > when I run on the light-rail lines on 3rd Street."
> >
> > Whenever I asked about how he came upon the trolley poles or his discovery
> > of how they worked, he less than subtly evaded the question and changed the
> > subject. I suspected he had some connection with MUNI, probably a former
> > employee who somehow maintained access to a less-frequented storage
> > facility. I've seen old streetcars and antique buses parked in big lots in
> > Dogpatch and figured there must be facilities for the electric buses too.
> >
> > I had a hundred questions aside from that, though, so the conversation went
> > on regardless. I asked what the hardest part was in putting the whole thing
> > together.
> >
> > "The juice, man. The overhead power lines put out 600 volts at around 400
> > amps; plenty of "juice" to stop your heart and fry your extremities." So
> > how
> > do you use an electrical system designed to propel a 30,000-lb. bus to run
> > a
> > 3,000-lb. Frankenhybrid?
> >
> > "You just gotta siphon it off," he said, as if it would all be so easy.
> >
> > The NiMh battery that does the heavy lifting in a normal Prius puts out 273
> > volts at 6.5 amps. Jon uses up the excess power on a whole lot of
> > resistors,
> > full-time headlights, and a kick-ass stereo system. The more we talked, the
> > more interesting he got. As it turned out, this wasn't his first attempt at
> > public transport piracy.
> >
> > "A few years ago I modified an old VW Beetle to run on the cable car
> > tracks,
> > but they shut that one down real quick."
> >
> > The car I saw wasn't even his first Prius. The first one was a 2003 model
> > that apparently wasn't built as robustly as the later ones.
> >
> > "She just couldn't handle the juice, man. I was driving up Van Ness one day
> > and the roof unit started buzzing real loud. The whole engine compartment
> > caught on fire and all the plastic under the hood started to melt. I kind
> > of
> > wish I would have saved it - it would have made a cool sculpture now that I
> > think about it."
> >
> > I asked if he would consider making more if people offered up their hybrids
> > for customization.
> >
> > "Absolutely, though I wonder how long it would last. The few guys at MUNI
> > who have caught up with me aren't as impressed as you are. They haven't
> > figured out how to make it illegal yet, but I can only imagine that'd
> > happen
> > pretty quick if it became a 'thing,' you know? Still, if someone is down,
> > I'm always up for another project."
> >
> > I got the impression that Jon's car was more of a science experiment than a
> > genius way to save money on gas, so I don't know how many of these we'll
> > see
> > buzzing around the city anytime soon. For anyone interested in volunteering
> > their Prius for Munification, you can reach Jon at [hidden email].
> > But
> > for now, keep an eye out for Jon and his Franken-car on a bus route near
> > you.
> >
> >
> >
> > Ing. Marco Gaxiola
> > EvMarch - Director
> > https://www.facebook.com/EvMarch
> >
> >
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Cor van de Water
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