• Mar 26, 2010
Mitsubishi i-MiEV in Geek Squad livery – Click above to enlarge

Electric cars are kinda geeky. At least that seems to be the case in the minds of a sizable percentage of the American populace. That said, electric car fans shouldn't take too much offense at that notion – think cool geek with thick black-rimmed glasses and All Stars. Or, alternatively, think Nerd Herd Geek Squad.

Evidence that the roving squad of computer-fixing Geeks has a hankering for clean electric transportation can be seen in the image above, which was snapped by an alert AutoblogGreen reader. Late last year at the LA Auto Show, Best Buy's Senior Vice President of emerging business, Rick Rommel, told AutoblogGreen that the idea is to learn, "How these will fit into a Geek's daily life."

Judging by the photo above, we'd have to say that the diminutive Mitsubishi i-MiEV fits rather well. Hat tip to Collin!


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      • 4 Years Ago
      TheTom, put yourself on the Rav 4 EV waiting list. For 25k a guy just purchase one that still goes 70 miles on a warm day. Presto your conversion is done and professional as can be. You can put acid lead in it when the nihm batteries die completely and cry the whole time you drive it with lead acid. Scroll down in the link below and you will see the Rav 4 EV that was purchased for 25k. Lead acid packs make any car even light ones NEV's they can go on the hwy but if a hill comes along you will make people in their ICE very angry, as they must pass you.

      http://www.evdrive.com/

      Of course a nother good place to see home made conversions is.

      http://www.evalbum.com/1541
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is because best buy is interested in getting a piece of the electric vehicle revenue pie. They are already selling brammo motorcycles and they want to expand in this new market if possible.

      It could be more lucrative than selling washing machines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder when "best" buy will go the way of circuit city and other electronics retailers. With the big markup they place on items, you have to be kinda retarded to not order it online through newegg.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course electric cars are for geeks! cuz u have to be a geek to BUILD one (which is what u have to do, unless u have $100K for a Tesla) - and if u buy one, u need geek-ness to maintain it (since there are no "electric car mechanics" in most towns) - which brings us to hybrids - they are more "normal" cuz u can buy one at ur local Toyota dealer - show the world you are mean & green - WITHOUT needing a degree in electronics or engineering!

      BTW - I speak from experience - met a guy at Big O Tires - he had an electric van - turns out, he bought it - used - from the US Government - of course, it wasn't working, but (surprise!) he works at the university - electrical engineer - so he got it running.

      "Where can I buy one of these?" i asked. "You can't - well, you might get one surplus at auction - or you can join our electric car club - and build one yourself." Geek city, in other words.

      So, the ONLY option - semi-electrical in nature - is the Prius.

      Or else, get your BS in Electrical Engineering and build the darn thing!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The landscape is changing though with cars like the iMIEV and Leaf.
      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      A true Geek will build his own EV or convert a bug or other small car, and end up with a usable vehicle for a couple of thousand bucks. A geek would laugh himself into unconsciousness if someone suggested he would pay $40K for an IMiEV!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        TheTom, I stand corrected, here are some stats on the Honda Civic EV in the first link provided below. "Has the acceleration of the gas powered Civic".

        Most home jobs are 144 volts like the Civic. My impression is that you are well off to be in the 300 volt range, extremely hard to do with lead acid, too much weight. Then there is the second link where the home made geek guy is putting 663 volts in. My conversion charges to 332 volts, the pack of lithium ion polymer batteries weigh approx 400 lbs. The last link is three Yarises? all going over 120 miles range. One of them has more cells and will go 160 miles range? Quite possibly, I don't think he has pushed it that far.

        http://www.evalbum.com/1839

        http://www.evalbum.com/1541#

        http://www.evalbum.com/battb/KOKA
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        harlanx6, a true geek as you say would only be going 50 range miles tops in their geek mobile and that at great risk to there lead acid pack. 30 miles would realy be tops in order to not stress a lead acid pack. It would also take this true geek mobile about thirty seconds to get to 60 mph and hills at hwy speeds are impossible. So yes you are right they can do it but it is more like 6-8k dollars not 2k. You would start out with one ragged out glider it you tried to make a EV for 2k. You could have a NEV for that price.
        harlanx6
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Tom, most of the guys or gals converting cars in their garages are using older lightweight cars such as a VW bug or a Nash Metro, scrounging lead acid batteries from wherever, and ending up with a vehicle suitable for moderate commutes while saving around $30,000 in the process. Granted the range and battery life is limited, but they have a vehicle they can recharge overnight at home with what they already have, and they have no problem replacing the batteries every 3 years or so with the $30K they saved over buying a new EV (which don't really exist yet anyway). Google "Electric Car Conversions" and there is a ton of info from guys who have done it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        TheTom, here is a EV for sale. It was built by a electric engineer he built this Honda civic after he completed his 914 porche build. He is selling it for around 8k. Neptronix saw it at the WTC in Portland. Link below. He shows you how you can build it yourself with a open source guide.

        http://civic-ev.blogspot.com/
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised to hear you say that.

        With the iMiev being most likely priced out of reach and the Leaf only being sold in certain geographic areas it seems like my only options are to wait (for prices to come down and for my location to be included) or just build my own EV.

        For the sake of argument, I figure that it will cost around $18,000 for the components of a 120 mile range EV. Adding a suitable donor vehicle and it's between $20k and $25k total. Where can one get a loan for that kind of thing?