DIY Electric Vehicles

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B201

Excerpt

Everybody today has heard of electric vehicles, yet almost nobody has ever seen one, touched one, or driven one. I think this is a shame and would like to correct that. Come join me for 45 minutes of explanation and demonstration about the basics of electric vehicles from electric bicycles all the way to passenger vehicles. Building these vehicles at home is easily within the realm of anybody unafraid to pick up a few simple tools and learn a few basic concepts.

Description

Electric vehicles are nothing new, yet have are still unfamiliar to the American, yet are one of the most popular modes of transport in many other countries. An estimated 120 million e-bikes navigate the roads of China every day. That’s half as many as cars on American roadways.

I would like to tell my story of constructing an electric bicycle with no official training in electric vehicles, special tools, or even electronics. I’d also like to inform everyone how they can create one as good or better than commercial offerings, licensing them, and getting support from the EV community.

Electric bicycles have not caught on in the US, however that doesn’t mean they are unavailable. With a few simple tools, some basic information, and either money or thriftiness one is able to construct electric vehicles with relatively little difficulty or surprises.

Several open source designs such as the OpenReVolt motor controller have emerged for both whole vehicles and individual components. These can give the amateur builder some great ideas and tools to use when undertaking a project like this.

Speaking experience

Open Source Bridge: The Art of Open Source DJing
Linux.conf.au: Ganeti: Clustered virtualization on commodity hardware [1]
Linux.conf.au + FOSS.in: How to use Puppet like an Adult [2]
Linux.conf.au + FOSS.in: An introduction to FirefoxOS [3]
FOSDEM: IT@Mozilla: Open Sourcing the Infrastructure
MozCamp Asia: IT and Community
Beaver BarCamp: The Dark Arts of the Secure SHell

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQc8GcedfEU
[2] http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2013/ogv/How_to_use_Puppet_like_an_Adult.ogv
[3] http://mirror.linux.org.au/pub/linux.conf.au/2013/ogv/Introduction_to_FirefoxOS.ogv

Speaker

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    Benjamin Kero

    Mozilla Corporation

    Biography

    Ben is a system administrator at Mozilla, and spends most of his time wrestling with version control systems, embedded Linux, hardware hacking, general DIY, open source software advocacy, and weekend auto racing.

    Sessions

      • Title: DIY Electric Vehicles
      • Track: Hacks
      • Room: B201
      • Time: 1:302:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Everybody today has heard of electric vehicles, yet almost nobody has ever seen one, touched one, or driven one. I think this is a shame and would like to correct that. Come join me for 45 minutes of explanation and demonstration about the basics of electric vehicles from electric bicycles all the way to passenger vehicles. Building these vehicles at home is easily within the realm of anybody unafraid to pick up a few simple tools and learn a few basic concepts.

      • Speakers: Benjamin Kero
      • Title: FirefoxOS
      • Track: Chemistry
      • Room: B302/303
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        FirefoxOS is Mozilla’s response to the problems that it sees with the mobile space. Walled gardens, platform fragmentation, and single-purpose SDKs in non-web programming languages threaten to close off the open web from the mobile space. In this presentation I will be covering the basics of FirefoxOS, and how it is the only mobile OS that answers to nobody but you.

      • Speakers: Benjamin Kero