All posts by spinningmagnets

Grew up in Los Angeles California, US Navy submarine mechanic from 1977-81/SanDiego. Hydraulic mechanic in the 1980's/Los Angeles. Heavy equipment operator in the 1990's/traveled to various locations. Dump truck driver in the 2000's/SW Utah. Currently a water plant operator since 2010/NW Kansas

Rivian Electric Trucks and SUV’s

Apr 13, 20241 Comment

When Rivian was first announced, I didn’t know if they were going to survive or end up like Fiskar, Faraday, Alta, and Canoo. However, they

The Curious Case of the 600,000 mile Hybrid...

Mar 25, 2024No Comments

I’ve been waiting for something like this to happen, because…I knew something like this was eventually going to happen. It’s a second-gen 2007 Toyota Prius,

Stir-Lec, a plug-in hybrid electric car wit...

Mar 09, 2024No Comments

This 1968 Opel Kadett hybrid-drivetrain prototype was way ahead of it’s time. It’s main issue was that it was using off-the-shelf lead-acid batteries, and there

12 electric VTOL’s that are actually ...

Mar 03, 20243 Comments

I am pretty excited about all the electric VTOL’s that are progressing rapidly. The biggest reason we have been writing about electric aircraft is because

The Alia-250, a VTOL from Beta Technologies...

Feb 02, 20241 Comment

This is a 6-seat electric aircraft that uses four “stowaway” rotors for initial lift, and one rear-facing propeller for sustained flight. Several years ago they

Edison Motors, Hybrid Electric Trucks from ...

Dec 17, 2023No Comments

I like hybrid electrical powertrains, so I was excited to see these being produced. Some of our readers may remember an article I wrote on

Votol controllers for hot rod builds

Jul 02, 2023No Comments

I have to confess that I am no expert when it comes to controllers, and when I find someone who has a lot of experience

Ford, GM, Rivian, Toyota, and Volvo adopt t...

Jun 27, 2023No Comments

This is big news, but there’s not much to add after reading the title. Tesla did two very important things early on. The first is

Two Builds using a 3SHUL VESC Controller

Jun 23, 2023No Comments

One of the most often asked questions about any electric conversion is “what controller should I use?”. Controllers are the last remaining voodoo in electric

DIY motor from scratch, the Lebowski 2300W ...

May 28, 2023No Comments

I’m not going to say that making a motor from scratch is “easy”, but…if you decide you simply have to build one, then the Lebowski