Automotive up-cycling, the taking of old, gas-powered vehicles and giving them new electric drivetrains, has really become a thing here in the US, despite the availability of plug-in models from various automakers. The movement even has a week-long annual convention – the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON), organized by the folks at EVTV – that allows people to show off the fruits of EV-conversion labors and take part in workshops and shop talks.
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The EVTV team has recently finished electrifying their sweet '57 Porsche 356A Speedster replica and will soon be sending it off to their "roller" supplier, Special Editions Inc., for further testing and inspection. With that project in the can, they are ready to try something new. The projects that they have undertaken to date have been relatively expensive – $50,000 and up – and so it has been decided that the next vehicle to be lavished with batteries and an electric motor will be
News from Zap's California headquarters has been quiet of late, with not much more than a few tidbits about a possible electric SUV and more orders for the Zaptruck reaching our screens. This week, though, we heard about a new possibility for Zap's electric vehicles (EVs) to hit the road: this time as service vehicles for the United States Postal Service (USPS). The USPS, through Congress, is giving a big push to get a lot of electric vehicles into the fleet.
London mayor Boris Johnson is speaking out again and this time has publicly committed to never buying another car powered by an internal combustion engine. Apparently, going for a test drive in a Tesla Roadster was enough to convince the mayor that electric cars truly are the future of transportation. Johnson wrote about his new philosophy in a column for the British magazine What Car?
Getting to own an electric car can be expensive. The bar looks even higher if you're a group of high school students. Students at the School of Inquiry and Life Sciences at Asheville, NC decided to use cars to buy a car. They held a car wash that raised money to convert a 1993 Mazda B2600 pickup truck to electric power (Andrew Angellotti would be proud). The car was purchased by the students for $1,000 but more ($7,800) is needed to buy the marine cell batteries they'll use to power the truck. T
It seems that Neil Young is looking to convert more classic Detroit iron from gas-guzzling V8-powered "hogs" to electric powered "swans." Young's quest has already begun, with the rock star converting his own 5,000-pound 1959 Lincoln into an electric vehicle known as the Linc Volt. That car has seen its internal combustion engine yanked in favor of an electric motor from UQM Technologies. We're a bit sketchy on exactly what else is currently being done to the original Linc Volt, and we'll write
While you're probably familiar with NPR's Click & Clack, who host a show about cars and car repair, they're not the only game in town. Hank and Joe's YouTube productions may lack the polish and luster that the other car guys can manage with their high-falutin' public radio budget, but what they lack in production value they make up for with originality and earnestness.
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