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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.



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.
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http://earth2tech.com/2008/08/06/how-to-build-your-own-xr3-plug-in/
 

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Now if they turn this into a kit with demos to check out they might get some takers. Just the plans? That's probably like a 2-3 year project at the very fastest. Remember, you have to make everything including the molds for the body work and windscreen, jigs for the frame and sub assemblies and on and on. Even in kit form it's probably a full 1 to 2 years of building and the cost would no doubt be closer to $35k when finished. Still, this is part of what makes America great. DIYs. Like to build? Got the time? Got the money and resources? Go for it!
 
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