If A New Electric Car Is Too Expensive, Build Your Own
Hearing the litany of complaint around the high price of most electric cars, it makes you wonder why electric car conversion shops haven’t blossomed more and why are we not seeing more drivers taking matters into their own hands. I’m guilty as charged. I’ve been toying with turning one of my 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider into and electric car, EV.
Discarded Old Cars. If you go to an electric car event, chances are you will find someone who converted a car into an electric one. By now the secret out, Geo Metros are getting scarce and highly sought after. Some of them have shed their pistons and use an electric motor.
According to VentureBeat, David Brown brings to the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas his retrofitted “Voltswagon”1974 Volkswagen Beetle. How fitting for a hacker’s convention. Our very own David Herron converted a Karman Ghia to electricity, apparently catching a lot of glimpses. Another local around here converted a Geo Metro and drives it to work for pennies a mile.
I also covered elsewhere another great conversion candidate, the Mazda Miata. Called the Electric Cutie, this little project has upgraded its original gel-pack battery pack lithium. The original pack gave it 60 miles, the new lithium one, which cost slightly more than the original gel-pack not only offer a better range, but the car is once again lighter.