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Company Turns Familiar Gas Cars Into Electric Vehicles

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How would you like to drive an all-electric Mini? An EV Smart Car? A PT Cruiser? With the help of Hybrid Technologies, you can. They’ve taken many familiar vehicles, ripped out their engines, and replaced them with lithium batteries and electric motors.


On the surface it makes great sense and it seems there would be a huge demand for this sort of thing. Electric cars are nearly maintenance free. They don’t need oil changes and they have 10% as many parts as a gas cars. Plus, these EVs look like the normal cars that are already popular with many folks.


Cool. How much will it cost? Glad you asked. How about a slick $40,000 for an all electric Toyota Yaris hatchback? Or $60,000 for the Mini? Come on now, I know you wanted that Beemer, but let’s be realistic, the price of gas is only rising and you never liked going to get oil changes anyways.


Given the savings on fuel and maintenance, the company states that they believe their prices are “competitive” with other vehicles when looked at over a 7 to 10 year time frame.

 

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Yeah I saw that article yesterday.  It's cool that they can make these conversions, but that's a helluva hefty price tag.  You're better off just buying a car that was originally designed as an EV!

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What if you want to supply the car yourself? do you get a discount?

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Originally Posted by mattress:

What if you want to supply the car yourself? do you get a discount?


 

My impression was that it's assumed you'll be supplying the car, and the cost was for the conversion alone (not for the conversion + car).

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That's the impression I got from the first post but on their site they have their cars for sale and it seems like they are supplying the car as well. I think you're buying a whole car from them for that price, which makes the price much more reasonable than buying yourself a yaris for 25k and then paying 40k on top of that to add in the electric motor.

 

It probably wouldn't be practical for them to let people supply their own cars simply because of all the variations in body style. Each new vehicle type would be a massive new learning experience and possibly require a change in the design of their motors or who knows what...

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Yeah you're right, it looks like the price covers both the car and the conversion.  And yeah, I think you answered your question as to why they don't let you supply whatever car you want.  With each different type of car they'd have to figure out where to put the batteries, etc.

 

So still pretty expensive, but not quite as bad as I thought.  I'd still wait until next year and buy a $30k EV with the same capabilities rather than plunking down $40-60k for one of these mods.  Or even plunk down $20k now for a Green Vehicles Triac.


Edited by dana1981 - Wed, 18 Jun 2008 21:31:49 UTC
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yeah still expensive but not too far out there vs other EVs. My budget and my frugality won't let me ever buy a new car though, hopfully there will be some used ones on the market when my Jetta bites the dust (hopefully not for many years).

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