The Marin/Sonoma area is a rather interesting place, to say the least. Featuring some of the most entertaining driving roads in the state, coupled with both hippie and white-trash aesthetics, it only makes sense that the area is a hotbed of DIY EV construction. While the tech kids at Tesla down on the Peninsula subcontract engineering and construction out to Lotus and Norsk Hydro, guys like Brian Hall of Thunderstruck Motors in Santa Rosa take a bit more of a DIY-tinkerer approach, using off-the-shelf parts and good old electrician's wizardry to come up with electric vehicles that if they don't feature the classic dusted-Deuce-out-at-El Mirage exterior aesthetic, they're certainly more-than-similar in spirit.
Marin residents make their own electric vehicles [Marin Independent Journal]
Coop Might Build Electric Motorcycle, Maybe [Internal]