Since no computer controls are needed on the hybrid system, costs are reduced and the need for re-programming is eliminated.
“During the two years it took to develop the XR3, we received more than 2,500 advanced order reservations for the plan set,” said Robert Q. Riley, company president and author of “Alternative Cars in the 21st Century.”
In addition to conventional printed drawings and instructions, the do-it-yourself plans include electronic 3D models that can be viewed on an ordinary PC, computer files vendors can use to make parts, and a DVD that shows the car being built. The plans cost $200.
The XR3’s Li-Ion battery pack can achieve 80 percent of its full charge in just 1.5 hours by plugging into an ordinary wall outlet. Although 40-50 miles is possible on battery power alone, switching the car to diesel power and its three-cylinder engine can result in up to 375 miles on a mere three gallons of fuel.
(Source: Robert Q. Riley Enterprises)