This thread is to present an ultimate challenge to you all (and myself) to explore ideas on how to get EVs on the road en mass. We don't care if it is feasible, we only care about how we will use what we have to make it feasible. Just think, if you really had to figure out a way then how would you do it?
Obviously this thread is not about blaming someone else for not mass producing EVs or stifling EV development. Please take your opinions about the oil/car companies, present administration, person x, ect, elsewhere.
I think, first off, our best hope is to innovate. Anything we can do that has not been done a certain way before will be key. Secondly, recognize your market. If you are trying to sell an EV for people to save money on commuting and it costs more vs. its gas counterpart, than how far do you think that will go? This is why I think marketing exotic performance EVs featuring a different, and unique experience is a good strategy, because EVs are just plain more expensive.
I need to figure out how to get it to people cheaper at ever stage. One way to do that is to eliminate the assembly stage. I could develop an EV, and sell all of the parts fabricated and ready to assemble, including the vehicle chassis. This would include everything, down to the last bolt, and show exactly how it goes together with step by step instructions. This would require about tens of hours to assemble, as opposed to hundreds of hours for an existing conversion.
Another way is to refine a conversion plan. Then mass produce many of the parts that are needed. For example, I could manufacture 1000 aluminum motor mounting plates, controller mounting plates, charger mounting plates & brackets, ect for my motorcycle. Then someone could buy these and install them, along with the plans. The plans would not be general ideas, but specific step by step instructions. All components would be bolt on.
Another way is to cut the cost of each component as much as possible. Scott Cronk did this with the Lectra VR (variable reluctance) motor drive system. This motor was low voltage, used no magnets, and as a result was cheap and lowered the price of the charger, and controller as they were designed for low voltage. The motorcycle sold for $5k, then came down to $4k. Unfortunately the range wasn't very good.