ROHNERT PARK, CA, June 04, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In 2011 we formed Switch Vehicles, Inc. (http://SwitchVehicles.com
). Our goal is to build sporty, fun, affordable electric vehicles that most people can afford. So we designed the Switch. Switch is a 3 wheel vehicle that meets all of our criteria. Licensed as a motorcycle Switch has the added benefit of traveling in the high occupancy (carpool) lane even with only one passenger.
"If we want things to stay the same, there are going to have to be some changes made."
Switch has a wide front wheelbase and balanced weight distribution to offer a very stable, smooth ride. We have designs for 1, 2, 3 and 4 passengers depending on the needs of the owner. We have left, center and right hand drive options, Standard, Moon Buggy and Pickup/Utility vehicle configurations. All three of the current designs use the same chassis to simplify the manufacturing process.
Education Is A Strong Driver In Our Business Model
Another of our business goals is apparent with our education products. We developed a college level curriculum while an instructor at our local community college where I taught a course on how to convert cars to electric. The curriculum teaches high school and college students about the history and components of electric vehicles and how to properly convert cars to electric. The 17 week lesson plan includes lectures, tests and training for the instructors. We have a one week training program for instructors in the course material and the building of an electric vehicle. During the one week training students (teachers, DIY'ers and our dealers) actually work together to build a Switch.
Our overall corporate goal is to remove barriers to electric vehicle construction and ownership. To that end we offer Switch as part of the curriculum, schools can purchase our course complete with a Switch chassis, batteries and all EV components including video step by step instructions. The goal is to have a class build an electric vehicle, from the ground up in less than a semester. We know it works because our pilot schools have all completed construction of the vehicles in one semester. The only training the instructors had prior to teaching the program was our one week class.
Do It Yourself!!
We are also offering Switch in kits to the DIY market place. Kit one sells for $9,750 and comes complete with all the necessary components and instructions to build a rolling chassis. Complete with lights, brakes, dashboard, instrumentation, seats, windscreen and pre-assembled and terminated wiring harnesses. All you or your assembler need to do is follow the directions and attach the wires where instructed. Once you have your roller ready you can purchase the motor and battery kits or source your own.
We plan to sell tooling, train builders across the country and world, (we have interest already) license the technology and promote the concept of "Build Local". We want to support local craftsmen building vehicles for their region with local support and local options designed by local builders for their communities.
Switch Vehicles is entering the production stage. With the completion of our final pre-production Switch and the creation of several of our jigs for building the front beam, swing arm and chassis we are poised to receive orders.
About Switch Vehicles:
Based in Sebastopol, California, just north of San Francisco, we've built and converted vehicles to electric power since 1991. Now we've invented the Switch - an electric vehicle that every American can afford. Every design decision was made to meet four criteria: safety, ecology & economy, beauty. Initially, the Switch will be available as a kit that is shipped to the owner for do-it-yourself assembly. Later customers will be able to order the Switch assembled by a local certified technician in their area. To provide for local assembly we will train third-party assemblers in geographic regions, fostering green jobs where we sell vehicles.