Father and Son Team Build "Dream Car" EV Prototype


Image courtesy of Laura Stoecker/Daily Herald

Let's face it: the pyramid-shaped "Dream Car" isn't likely to win any design competitions - the Tesla Roadster it ain't. But what it lacks in looks, it more than makes up for in sheer grit and ingenuity. Oh, and did we mention its creators are a father-son trio working from home?

Weighing in at a hefty 8,000 pounds - more than double the weight of many SUVs - the, shall we say, less than practical Dream Car seats only one and runs on 80 batteries powering its 4 electric engines. It can reach a top speed of 45 mph, has a maximum range of about 80 miles; its re-charging time is close to 4 hours. It took Greg Zanis and his sons, Chris and Greg, $60,000 in supplies and over a year to assemble the prototype.

While we're not sure we'd go as far as to call the car "revolutionary," as Zanis put it (though it's certainly "unique"), we do agree it has an intriguing set of features: a bumper that wraps around the car, gel-filled tires, an electric braking system, neon lights and a four-wheel drive.

Zanis is under no illusion that his modest effort will do much to push the EV movement forward; however, with the experience he has gained from building the first Dream Car, he is hoping the next prototype he designs will prove faster and - perhaps most importantly - more practical. For one thing, he plans on increasing its maximum range to 500 miles and on adding more standard features, such as an air bag system and side entrance (not exactly innovations, we know).

His immediate priority is finding a backer to provide him with around $40,000 in funding to continue (at least give the man credit for pushing ahead). Any takers?

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