The Man The Car The Deal

The Indy One is an Ultra-Efficient Electric Vehicle that gets the Equivalent of 300 MPG.
It is built with low-cost High-Quality Components Recycled from a Toyota Prius.
You can Build One Yourself or Hire Someone Locally to build one for you.
A Complete Vehicle with 100 Mile Range costs $9,500.
UPDATE: A big heartfelt thanks to the early early adopters!
I am planning to show the Indy One at local West Coast car shows. I have become paranoid about the car getting any damage before making molds, so I have decided to make some low-cost short-lived molds. I can then make at least one copy of the body, and will let me work on the transaxle and suspension mounts for the Prius drivetrain. The Car page will have updates on the progress.

Blue Collar Heroes

I grew up in the car culture of Southern California. I looked up to the blue collar heroes from the 50's and 60's called Hotrodders that took old cars and made them into something special. Guys who used their heads and their own hands to build cars.

Innovation is about making something better. Back then it was about making cars faster. But not always.

Something Better

In 1976 when I was 16 years old, one of my first car innovations was converting the bucket seats in my 70 Plymouth Duster so they would fully recline.

I like things that are different, because to be better it has to be different. But just being different doesn't make something better. Were my fully reclining bucket seats better? My girlfriend and I certainly thought so! By the 1980's, fully reclining bucket seats had become commonplace.

I made an innovative r/c controller that was very different. It used high frequency digital signals, and was small and lightweight and fit into the palm of your hand. The top r/c racers didn't like it because the existing heavy controllers provided a more stable platform for better accuracy. In this case, different was not better. So I adapted and combined my control electronics with the existing heavier controller.

Just looking at the Indy One you can see it is different than other cars.

Let me tell you why it is better.

Smaller, Lighter, Aerodynamic

First of all, the Indy One is a relatively small and light car. Smaller cars are lighter, so they need less power to accelerate.

But unlike the small cars being made today, the Indy One has a long tapered narrow body with tandem seating that is much closer to the ideal aerodynamic shape. At freeway speeds the Indy One uses less than half the energy than other cars.

This means it requires a much smaller battery pack to achieve the same range as other cars, and a smaller battery is much less expensive and faster to recharge.

Recycling Cars

Secondly, the Indy One uses recycled components. There are over 1 million new cars sold every month in the United States, which means there are also over 1 million old cars being crushed every month. This represents the worst of American values, where everything, including one of the most expensive items we buy has become disposable. The energy needed to make a car from raw materials is substantial.

The Indy One recycles the drivetrain from a Toyota Prius, using only the all-electric components. With over 6 million sold worldwide, there is no shortage of available donors.

The Indy One is a car Toyota won't build. Little did they know it only took one man with a vision in his garage to use their high quality electric drivetrain components to design an inexpensive efficient all-electric car.

Made In America

And finally, what makes the Indy One revolutionary is how it will be made. Rather than having a big mega factory full of multi-million dollar robots, the Indy One will be made by local Americans. America has a huge existing workforce of highly qualitied automotive technicians. Qualified mechanics can be found in every corner of this country. By recognizing the value of this labor, production of the Indy One can scale to compete with the big car companies, without needing the financial resources of a billionaire, venture capitalists, or government grants or loans.

The Indy One is sold as a kit that will be assembled by a local small business of your choice. Or you can assemble it yourself.

Independence from Big

The name Indy One is all about Independence. Independence from Billionares, Big Car Companies, Big Oil Companies, and Big Government.

I Need Your Help

I've gone as far as one man in his garage can go with the Indy One. Now I need your help. I need to build fiberglass molds to make an initial production run of cars for testing and to establish all the design details for the second phase of production. This requires moving into a commercial space and hiring some help. It doesn't take a lot of money, but it does take some. I won't be spending millions of dollars NOT building cars like so many do.

And perhaps just as important, I need to establish an initial group of automotive businesses that can build the Indy One once full production is ready.

You can help just by getting the word out to your friends and family.

I also asking for financial help with four level of financial backing that are described on the website.

Thank You!

I can't say how much I appreciate your help and how much it means to me. Together we can change how cars are made in america.

Have Questions? Comments?


raised of $50,000 goal

Yes! I'll Back The Indy One

Vote of Confidence

  • $10 - Thank You
  • $25 - 4x6 Postcard of the Indy One
  • $50 - 4x6 Postcard of the Indy One signed by Jack

Reserve a Discount

  • $100 - $300 discount on production car
  • $250 - $750 discount on production car
  • $500 - $1,500 discount on production car

Early Adopter

Limited to only 24 backers
Get one of the initial 32 cars built
  • $3,000 - (8 available)
  • $4,000 - (8 available)
  • $5,000 - (8 available)

Early Adopter Driver

We build it for you, a complete 100-mile Range Vehicle
  • $9,500 - (8 available)

Be a Hero

Limited to only 8 backers
  • $40,000 - (8 available)
    Each year we will make only 8 all carbon-fiber cars.
    Effectively you will be subsidizing the other early adopters so they can get cars at low cost.
    These cars include all Prius components and a battery pack.
    Are you cool or what? (note: all carbon-fiber car will come only in black :)

Backer Support

In this first phase of production, we will only be building a maximum of 32 cars for testing by the early adopters. Early Adopters must reside in the USA.

I anticipate we will be able to sell the Indy One Kit for $6,000 once we can start producing the kits in the second phase of development.

You can reserve one of the production cars now by purchasing a discount on the price when it is released. The early adopters as well as the discounts can be transfered to another party. So even if you don't think you want a car, you can still support the effort and possibly make a profit by selling the discount to another person.

We only allow you to become a backer in only ONE of each category. We don't some financial genius trying to use his money to squash this car by buying up rewards and sitting on them.

There are no refunds on the funding provided.
We have no hard deadline on reaching our $50,000 goal. However, we will not be spending any money received until the goal is reached. If the goal is not achieved, we may change plans and use the smaller amount, or we could attempt to return the funds, but there is no guarantee.

Once the goal has been reached, we will begin using the funds immediately. The crowdfunding campaign may be discontinued at any time after we have reached our goal! So act now to make sure you are part of the Indy One story.

The Indy One is a Kit and Not a Car

The Indy One is a 'kit car' and is only part of a complete car. You will need to use parts from a Toyota Prius, a 2001 to 2009 model. You will also need a battery pack, which can be the most expensive thing. And if you don't assemble the car yourself, you will need to hire someone to build it for you. I anticipate a total cost of under $10,000, but certainly under $15,000.

I should also mention that an Indy One is not actually a car. In most all states, a 3-wheeled vehicle is registered as a motorcycle. This is another source of Independence...from Big Government Car Regulations. In almost all states you don't need a helmet or motorcycle license to drive it. In California, it qualifies to be used in the commuter lanes with a single person.

All Images, Text, and Video Copyright 2015 Nimble Motorsports. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Sacramento, California