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]