⚠️ This project is still in its early stages. Not guaranteed I'll ever finish!
- Project Goal: build an electric Ride On car for my daughter from scratch. You know, one of those electric cars that kids can actually ride in.
- It should be strong and large enough so I can ride it in it myself, however this car does not need to go fast at all. Walking pace is fine.
- Looking for a new project that combines new electronics, mechanics and construction techniques with the right level of challenge
- I never had one of these as a kid and always wanted one, I think most kids do.
- In experimental and iterative fashion, piece by piece. Not by assembling a complete pre-existing kit or by following someone else's design.
- I fully expect to make mistakes and backtrack.
- Timeline: I’m taking my time. Started in mid-July 2020 and given the unknowns and other things going on I'm hoping to complete this project in ~2 years. Long is fine too.
- My daughter is still a toddler, I've got time :-)
- Cost: No idea. I'm fully convinced I'll be spending a whole lot more on experimentation and materials than to just buy a Ride On car. Cost savings is not the point.
- Updates: on this page, intermittently. Often weeks or months in between.
One of these. Definitely not so fancy looking.
See Kid Car - Experiments for latest details. High-level timeline of updates below
- After frying quite a few speed controllers while trying to ride the kid car, I finally got it to work long enough to shoot some video of it (see tweet). Next up is front wheels and steering.
- Ordered some steel and aluminium pipes for rear axle experiments. Research around rear axles and wheel attachments.
- Doing more research into chain and belt drive systems in order to spin a rear axle. Ordered few test parts to play around with.
- Prototype 1 minor tweaks: added speed controller, Makita battery easy-attachment clip
- Thinking about second prototype
Kid Car - Experiments