Yes.  I know how to make a vehicle like Stella, Stella Lux or Stella 
Vie...however there is a lot that goes into would be much easier to 
cut up or that is cut out parts of manufactured vehicles to lower the weight.  
If you watched the video that I included in the original post you would see a 
vehicle that looked familiar but with just pieces holding it together. Narrower 
wheels smaller springs...etc.  I propose filling in those parts with carbon or 
plastic.  Also if you modify a vehicle it makes licensing it easier as 
cosmetically it might look more normal. In a van you could lower the weight of 
the back part and keep more strength in the passenger part.   Lawrence Rhodes...

      From: Jorg Brown <>
 To: Lawrence Rhodes <>; Electric Vehicle Discussion 
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 Sent: Friday, October 27, 2017 10:37 PM
 Subject: Re: [EVDL] Lightening a body and chassis.
"how to make a viable solar vehicle"
I'd suggest starting by looking at the vehicles in ; they are averaging more than 40mph.  
(Good article about advancements over time at
Also look into the "Cruiser Class", which are more realistic - for example 
having enough interior space to carry 5 people.
On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 7:10 PM, Lawrence Rhodes via EV <> 

I got an idea from an old VW ad. v=vATQaJmUdh8Just how much can you cut from the 
skin and chassis use lighter wheels and springs and still have some safety.  
For instance if you hacked up a VW van and put a Leaf Drive train or even 
smaller like a Chevy Spark or Smart drive train.  Reinforced with carbon fiber. 
 Do some aero mods.  I bet you could get the shell of a VW Bus from the 90's 
down to under 1500 pounds.  Our little friend the VW bug was chopped rather 
severely but at a lighter weight it doesn't have to be so strong.  Just 
thinking out loud on how to make a viable solar vehicle without breaking the 
bank. The shell of the vehicle would be your guide.  You could easily chop the 
top.  So many places carbon fiber could be used to fill in the chopped parts 
and strengthen the vehicle.  Lawrence Rhodes
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