Auto Manifesto

June 2, 2008

Power of DC

On Saturday I took my electric kart to the Power of DC event in Hagerstown, Maryland. The event was an electric car show and autocross. The cars there were mostly conversions of existing vehicles (Ford, VW, Porsche, pick ups, even a Fiero and a DeLorean) as well as a few ‘specials’ like a trike scooter.

It was amazing to see the work that so many people have done on their own, and the different ways they did it. Much of the talk was about battery technology. Most people seem to be waiting on better batteries. Performance is good but the range is still far from being competitive with gasoline.

My favorite car there, a Detroit EV roadster kit car, didn’t run as it was completed the night before and had some teething troubles with the drivetrain.

After the rain (it rained from the time we started until near the end of the day) I took the kart out and did a few runs. Lots of fun. Anyway, I hope someone took pictures (I didn’t) and will post them soon. Here’s the site, which also has pictures from years past:



  • Missed seeing your cart, I went on Sunday. Electrolite took a few spins around the parking lot, though the drivetrain troubles prevented it from hitting the track .. I was lucky enough to get a few minutes in the passenger seat while we spun around the lot. If that is the handicapped version, I would get in trouble with the finished product!

    By Blogger Unknown, At June 2, 2008 at 7:18 PM  

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