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Monday, July 22, 2013, 6:00 am Switch Vehicles teams with Electric Auto Shop to offer training

Switch Vehicles teams with Electric Auto Shop to offer courses

Innovation blog by Loralee StevensSEBASTOPOL and FORESTVILLE – There are plenty of folks who believe the future of driving belongs to electric cars. There are others who are sure of it.

Electric Auto Shop is the brainchild of Michael Mack, a long-time electric car professional – he’s held positions at CPI International, US Electricar and Zap Power Systems.

“Electric cars are taking off, and there are plenty of designers, but where are the service and repair people? There will be a real need for technicians, and high school is the place to train them,” he said.

He devised courses converting a Chevy truck to an electric vehicle. While showcasing his offerings at the Educating for Career Conference in Sacramento Mr. Mack met Switch Vehicle partner Peter Oliver.

Students in the engineering program at Tustin High School (above) built and raced this Switch electric Go Kart in an energy invitational. The Switch program has also been run in two Sonoma County high schools and more are proposed.. Below, All the internal components of the Switch Vehicle are easily seen.

“This is not a Tesla,” said Mr. Oliver of the three-wheeled Switch. “Our goal is to manufacture the most efficient, easiest to maintain and most fun to drive car at the lowest possible price point.”
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