Video: Chevy Corvette gets electrified, owner dumps supercharged 396 engine

Wayne Bickley's electric Corvette – Click above to watch video after the jump

Wayne Bickley's 1996 Chevrolet Corvette was a gas-guzzling, horsepower-packing machine. Well, it was until Bickley caught a bad case of the electric bug.

In his quest to convert the Corvette from a fuel-gulper to a "zero-emissions" ride, Bickley decided to strip the 'Vette of its supercharged 396 engine. In its place, Bickley dropped in 18 XS Power XP1000 batteries, a DC electric motor, a Zilla HV 2000 controller, some coilovers and a ZF6 constant-mesh six-speed manual transmission.

The end result: a midnight black 1996 Corvette with a top speed of 85 miles per hour and a measly 20 miles of "spirited driving" range. Why convert a Vette at all? Bickley says that he was tired of trying to get the supercharged Vette to squeak by California's stringent emissions tests. Well, now he won't have to worry. Well done, sir.

Hit the jump to catch a pair of videos featuring Mo Bickley's converted 1996 Corvette.

[Source: You Tube, Gas 2.0]

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