Don't want to wait for the Chevrolet Volt
? Don't feel like spending tens of thousands of dollars on a new green car
? Combine your thrift, environmental consciousness and affinity for wrench turning by building your own electric car
. Canadians Darin Cosgrove and Ivan Limburg have electrified a Geo Metro
for less than $1,000 and you can too! Starting with a Metro helps set expectations, as the converted car is not fast and suitable only for low speed in-town tripping, but the original was no paragon of performance anyway. AutoblogGreen covered some of the ForkenSwift's construction
, but we thought it'd be a good thing to revisit. The winter months are upon us, and building an EV
in the garage is a nice way to stay out of the snow.
After stripping out the gas engine and its associated plumbing, the duo sold the engine and fuel tank; we're amazed that there's a market for Metro engines. A $500 used forklift provided the DC motors and control systems, and the carcass provided good scrap value once the vital organs were harvested, helping offset costs. A used bank of batteries were donated by another EV owner, though new batteries would boost performance and range. But hey, nothing's as cheap as free. Finding a Metro for cheap might be a neat trick now that prices have been inflated
, but any old light thing will work. For a total tally of $672, who can complain with the results? Thanks for the tip, Maxim.