Graduate students at Stanford University designed and built an EV in 10 weeks as their master's thesis. They're calling the vehicle, which can hit 35 mph and has a range of around 20 miles, the WENG, which stands for "Where Everyone Needs to Go."
The WENG's motors are located in its rear wheels, the battery pack is under the floor board and the steering and driving are controlled with a joystick and throttle.
Calling the WENG "stripped down" would be an understatement, but let's start with the positive things we can say about this project. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention how cool it is that five students were able to build a working electric vehicle in 10 weeks. That's quite an amazing feat.
Also, the purpose behind the WENG -- to encourage people to question whether they need a full-size, four-door car for all situations -- is a noble and relevant one. As one of the designers, John Stanfield said: "why are people driving 4,000 to 6,000 pound internal combustion cars to the grocery store?"
But let's face it, the neighborhood EV concept hasn't really taken off and the WENG, with it's bare-bones go cart appearance probably won't attract many buyers. That's right, I said buyers. The students envision a 50-mile-range commercial version and representatives from Light Speed Venture Partners are interested. They think it could sell for just under $10,000.
via WENG Motors
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