May not be as good as Volt in terms of passenger capacity, but, you can make it a lot better than the Volt, according to your whims if you have more money. Plans cost $200.
Here's more details:How to Build Your Own XR3 Plug-In Vehicle
Written by Craig Rubens
Posted August 6th, 2008 at 1:45 pm in Misc, Yahoo! Buzz
With $200, a full machine shop and some mechanical savvy, you can now build your very own XR3 plug-in electric vehicle. Robert Q. Riley Enterprises, a product design firm in Glendale, Ariz., is selling plans for its three-wheeled, two passenger diesel-electric hybrid — the XR3 — to do-it-youselfers. Licensed as a motorcycle in most states, the XR3 uses a diesel engine to power the front two wheels and an electric motor to power the rear wheel, and can reach highway speeds. For $200, you get the 149-page construction manual and a CD stock full of CAD templates. At the high end, the company estimates construction of the vehicle will cost over $25,000, which includes a $9,000 lithium-ion battery pack.
The car can toggle between power sources with a simple flip of a switch. The company claims that in diesel-only mode, the car gets 125 mpg, and with its 3-gallon tank can go over 300 miles on a fill. In all-electric mode, the li-ion battery pack can provide a range of 40 miles, while the hybrid option provides a fuel efficiency equivalent of 225 mpg. But DIYers can choose to scale up the vehicle’s power systems. With a bigger fuel tank the XR3 can get a 1,000 mile diesel-only range, whereas by adding more batteries the car can get over 100 miles per charge, the company says. It’s all up to the builder.