SuperTruck: Let's Get the Snowball Rolling!

| 1/9/2013 8:41:00 PM

Tags: supertruck, diesel, EV, electric, hybrid, DIY, Ben Nelson,

 My Winter Workshop 

Well, in my last blog post, I announced to the world that I would be building an Open-Source, DIY, Diesel/Electric Plug-in Hybrid Pickup Truck. Whew, that's a mouthful. Right now, I'm just calling it the "SuperTruck Project" until I can come up with a better name. 

So, what have I gotten done since then? Honestly, it doesn't feel like much. It was a busy summer, just taking care of the family and earning a living. However, I am really excited about this project, but I've never built a hybrid truck before. I guess that's not so bad, though, because I never built an electric motorcycle or electric car before I finished those projects either!

I'm also feeling a bit limited by my current budget — $176 earned from a rummage sale.

So, it's time to count my assets and get on track, working on the project. I've got a truck in the driveway, an old diesel engine in the garage, and a bunch of online friends with plenty of advice.

As of right now, I DON'T have an electric motor. I did get an offer from somebody who was taking apart several forklifts, but I think he's pretty busy right now, too. So, since the motor is at the heart of the whole system, what can I do in the meantime?

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