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If you don't want to wait for a traditional automaker to put an electric car on the road, a conversion of an existing vehicle is one way to achieve gasoline freedom. Using the Mazda 2 as their chassis of choice, Energetique has done just that with their evMe. While it's not the first new-car conversion from Down Under, it is the best looking and it offers some good performance numbers as well. Powered by lithium polymer batteries, the evMe is said to have a range of 125 to 155 miles, depending on driving mode and conditions, and the Brusa AC motor and electronics can take it up to 80 mph. Its 0 to 60 mph time is a respectable 10 seconds.

Having sold off their first copy, the conversion team reportedly have more than 100 orders waiting to be filled. The asking price is $70,000 Australian dollars (that's "only" $47,476.78 U.S) and affords you the ability to pass by gas stations forever. Hit the jump for a bit of bonus video (soundtrack alert!) of the evMe making a few passes.

[Source: Energetique]




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      • 1 Month Ago
      The asking price is $70,000 Australian dollars (that's "only" $47,476.78 U.S) and affords you the ability to pass by gas stations forever.

      Are you saying the batteries never need to be replaced? Also, is that is just the conversion price?
        • 1 Month Ago
        I believe the price is for the car and the conversion. I didn't see the manufacturer or cycle life of the batteries mentioned anywhere so I don't know how long they would last. being that they are lithium polymer, so they should retain over 80% of their initial capacity for 1000 cycles at the very least.