Homemade electric VW Bug – Click above to watch video after the jump

DIY-er and entrepeneur Al Bullock's electrified 1970 Volkswagen Beetle proves that converting a conventional, gasoline-fueled vehicle over to run on battery power doesn't have to cost the proverbial arm and a leg. For a total investment of $18,000, Bullock purchased, fully restored and converted a VW Bug into a highway-capable electric car.

The converted Beetle tops out at a claimed 85 miles per hour and boasts a range of approximately 100 miles. We like that those DIY figures are both within spitting distance of the Nissan Leaf's top speed and its official EPA range rating. The cost is much better, too.

Recently, the crew over at Green Overdrive interviewed Bullock and cruised the streets of Livermore, CA riding shotgun in his electrified Beetle. Follow us after the jump to catch Bullock's converted Bug in action.

[Source: Giga OM]

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