• 21
We're seeing a lot reports of homebuilt electric vehicle conversions these days. Most owners say they were motivated after seeing gas prices skyrocket last summer.

The latest success story comes from Oregon where Charles and Ronda Crockett ripped the gas engine out of a 1994 Saturn wagon and stuffed in 20 batteries and an electric motor. A school librarian, Charles says he's not much of a mechanic or electrician but he does know how to conduct research. The goal was to build a vehicle that could go 80 miles on a single charge.

The used Saturn cost just $900, the batteries were $1,700 and the conversion kit was $6,700. Charles says the cost of the conversion will be paid off in gas savings within two years. By his math, a daily commute costs between 30 and 60 cents. With his gas vehicle it was $10.

[Source: Beth Casper / Statesman Journal]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 21 Comments
      • 6 Months Ago
      to glenruss tryed one on a town and country 2002 3.8 did not work but i have spent over $500 water4gas not for this guy good luck gary
      • 6 Months Ago
      Mr. Crockett,

      Sir; I would like any information you can share with me about this remarkable Electric Car that you built with your Wife. I would like to do the same thing with a 2001 or 2002 Saturn Station Wagon.

      Respectfully,
      Bill Palmer
      • 6 Months Ago
      HHO is H2O and H2O is water don't be fooled by the HHO conversion its a scam. if you know basic chemistry there is no such thing as HHO you wright it as H2O.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Sounds like everyone wants to know how to convert their car to electric. It will eliminate your dependency on gas for your car. After the conversion, every night simply plug your car into your house and charge it up. Then drive up to 200 miles the next day... Well depending on how you convert your car, it may only get 100 miles a day. That's just fine for 95% of us today.

      If you want to convert your car to electric, we've compared the conversion guides you can get online at http://www.EVModKits.com so you can see for yourself.

      Ed
      • 6 Months Ago
      Hi I am new to this, but old to hating raising gas prices. I just purchased a manuel on how to run your car on water. Looks like I wasted $50.00. I still might try to build the HHO conversion kit. Anyone try it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have always been into the muscle car style more than anything. I have recently seen many new advances in EV technology and have been researching how to build one. I am actually thinking of taking a '70 corvette stingray that I have that the engine has been pulled and turning it into a EV. Any Advice?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I so do not want the government, oil companies, car makers, or ignorance of the public to dictate to me, an individual, what kind of car I can drive.
      I have found all sorts of information on conversions, but don't really know which is the best route to take.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just goes to show that folks are getting tired of being strangled by gas prices.

      I am really interested to find out about this process. My wife and I are going to use our 1998 Rav4 for our project.

      If anyone has any information about this process please let me know. I am very handy and can make the necessary modifications.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hello All Readers My name is Jerimiah and i convert classic aircooled volkswagons into efficient Electric Vehichles,
      Email me or reply to this post.
      you can have your classic electric volkswagon for
      $8500.00 and it will go 60mph and have a cycle life of 40 - 50 miles. want to know more just ask!!!!!!!!!!
        • 6 Months Ago
        Jerimiah,
        I would be interested in some info (time,cost, etc) on the VW conversions. I can be reached at gconnelly@gmail.com.
        Thanks, Gary
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm very interested in finding out how i can convert my 1995 saturn sc2 to a electric car, i would also like to convert some of my other cars but one at a time. if there is a way that you can tell me how and where i could get the parts or what i need to do to convert mine over. i would appreciate it so very much. i'm very interested in getting this done. thank you norma and george
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jerimiah, I am interested in your classic vw conversions, Do you have a website or blog?
        • 6 Months Ago
        Hi sorry it took me so long to get back with you all. i see that their are a couple people intrested in the electric conversion for your vw. feel free to email me with any questions or comments. thank you
        Jerimiah Lear McGraw
        jmcgraw828640@yahoo.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm lazy but I care. So...
      How much?
      Where can I do have it done?
      How soon can I have it done?

      Real people want solutions no matter where they come from.
    • Load More Comments