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If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: Mar 22 2019 10:16pm
by KL70
I'm doing an assignment for school, on the topic of what's something entrepreneurial you'd most want to do in the field of EV vehicles and the EV industry, plus how would you go about launching it, monetising it and finding interested customers for it.

Anything to do with just starting your own EV car conversion service, or starting an EV car manufacturing company is excluded.
I'd be interested to hear anyone's thoughts.

Re: If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: Mar 31 2019 6:28am
by jonescg
If it were me, I'd start a poll seeking others unsolicited advice on what they hope to do, and use it to further my own interests while defeating the competition!

:P

Seriously though, we need to start recycling Li-ion batteries. Once they are useless for home storage they need to be returned to the elements they came from and turned into battery cells again.

Start offering electrified buses, trams, aeroplanes, ferries, catamarans and other public transport. Less resources per person moved that way, so the economies of scale are favourable.

Develop a reliable vehicle-to-home system for powering the place at night without draining the car down, and then set up cheap solar charging installations at workplaces.

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Re: If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: Mar 31 2019 7:41am
by spinningmagnets
Over the years, there's been a lot of good ideas discussed here. One issue is that if anyone spends money developing a product and then ordering a large enough quantity to get a good "per unit" price...there is always the fear that it will be copied by some Chinese company.

I'd say it's possible to have a solid year of being the only vendor for an innovative new product, if you do everything "just right"...

The Faraday ebike company recently filed for bankruptcy, is my product better and has a marketing program as good?

Re: If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: Apr 08 2019 3:02pm
by qwerkus
spinningmagnets wrote:
Mar 31 2019 7:41am
Over the years, there's been a lot of good ideas discussed here. One issue is that if anyone spends money developing a product and then ordering a large enough quantity to get a good "per unit" price...there is always the fear that it will be copied by some Chinese company.

I'd say it's possible to have a solid year of being the only vendor for an innovative new product, if you do everything "just right"...

The Faraday ebike company recently filed for bankruptcy, is my product better and has a marketing program as good?
Don't look for china to produce it the first time! On the other hand, if we'd stay with established names of the industry like bosch or shimano, there would basically be no diy ebike scene to speak about. The chinese copied stuff, and made it available to mass use and mass tinkering, because those cheap chinese copies proved much easier to hack.
Anyway, I think the top priority is what already has been said: a proper way to recycle li-ion cells. What they do now (shredder it to pieces and recover nickel / cobalt via electrolysis) is just plain non sustainable.
A good 1000W GEARED hub motor for cargo would also be nice.
An finally ONE mounting standart for all mid drive motors would also make sense. This prioprietary war is just ridiculous, and produces huge amount of aluminium frames with a very short lifetime.

Re: If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: Apr 08 2019 9:50pm
by Dauntless
spinningmagnets wrote:
Mar 31 2019 7:41am
.The Faraday ebike company recently filed for bankruptcy, is my product better and has a marketing program as good?
More to the point, product as good, marketing BETTER!

Re: If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: Apr 08 2019 10:17pm
by liveforphysics
Develop a production friendly and cost friendly solid electrolyte.

Develop a recycling process that can re-use the waste of worn out EV packs in a cost effective and environmentally friendly way.

Re: If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: Apr 11 2019 12:06am
by shaman
1. Create effective open source EV technology to help accelerate overall EV awareness, implementation, and development. Establish reputation on niche forums by announcing development, providing updates, and accepting feedback. Start small webstore that sells open source EV hardware. Not fret over Chinese ripoffs (they happen regardless). Expand into mainstream web via Amazon/ebay/whatever. Accept offers to do contract/consulting work for EV technology development. Sustain family and self on doing cool EV projects from anywhere I want...cause I hate my commute.

2. Create sustainable battery cell that can meet energy density/output demands for long range EVs.

Re: If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: Apr 27 2019 4:02pm
by megacycle
I'd advance and promote a.c. onboard fast charging to out compete d.c. fast charging.

Re: If you could do something entrepreneurial in the EV industry,what would you do?

Posted: May 21 2019 1:44pm
by neptronix
I'd build something like the elio car, but with electric power of course, minus the whole vaporware part.