My name is Aaron Coach,I am the founder and CEO of a hybrid conversion company named R³ Technology. We use existing hybrid and electric vehicle products developed by the large auto companies along with a "trade secret" process I developed that lets us rapid prototype stamped metal parts for replacing the existing parts of any vehicle. We are currently developing what will either be a service or possibly a DIY kit.
I was hoping to receive feedback on what would be more attractive to customers. A complete conversion process done at a shop? Or, A semi-universal DIY kit that will fit 99% of vehicles without modification to the DIY system or vehicle?
The one-year goal is to offer both service and product, But I need to pick one to start with. R³ Technology plans to eventually have at least one conversion garage per state for ease of access to the service. The conversion service would be all inclusive while the kit could either come with or without the power system used in complete conversions.
Both the service and kit would be partially "future proof" by using modular adapters and sub-assemblies. The price point on the conversion and kit have not been decided yet as R³ Technology is still in negotiations with auto parts manufactures over volume purchases.
So to reiterate, Would you be more likely to purchase a DIY kit to turn your car into a hybrid or pure electric vehicle (pure electric is possible with our kit,just don't reuse your cars gas engine in DIY conversion process, (but then you would need to purchase a multi-thousand dollar battery system)) or have a shop professionally transform your liquid fuel only vehicle to liquid fuel-electric operation while still retaining all original safety features of said vehicle.
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