I'm sure people still conjure up Images of candles, generators and 12v appliances when you mention offgrid living.
and here we are chilling large tanks of water, running multiple Air conditioners and charging electric cars and the like.
It's actually a bit if a effort trying to use all the power most days. If anything I have actually become a bit wast full with my electricity living offgrid as it's not taxing my wallet every day I leave appliances running or go for random drives in the EV.
Back on topic a bit. I think the future of home built EV projects will be in using parts from wrecked OEM electric cars. There are all ready a few that have hacked the Tesla model S and have aftermarket systems to hook up to a drive unit and power electronics (The motor controller, motor and reduction drive is all in one in the Tesla model S) plug and play aftermarket units. Though it gets kind of hard to store 85kwh of battery into a chassis that wasn't built around the battery like the S. A RWD single cab ute with a Tesla drive system and the base of the tray made of of the 85kw bank is about the only practical way I use one.
Offgrid 2008, Selectronic PS1 6kw/48v inverter, x 2 Midnite solar classic 150 MPPT, 3960w NE PV 24 x 165w BP panels, 4200w NW PV 21 x 200w DAQO PV, 16x400ah lithium.