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USA: Pasco man giving car an electric rebirth

Steve Azzoli is looking to keep it simple.

Despite the complexity of his current project, the end result will live in simplicity.

“You can go broke doing this,” Azzoli said, “but in the long run, the savings on gas make up for it.”

Azzoli, a 63-year-old retiree, is restoring and converting a 1997 Saturn into an electric car. After paying just $400 for a junker from International Auto Parts in Spring Hill, this Land O’ Lakes resident is just months away from having a brand new car that doesn’t emit a single molecule or require a drop of gas.

“You’ve got to do it right the first time,” Azzoli said. “I needed a new car, but if you buy a junk gas car, you’re going to get a junk electric car. … Gas prices are going up and they’re not going to stop, but to say this is an ambitious project is the understatement of the year.”

Azzoli isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel, or, in this case, the electric car. He’s modeling his vehicle after the EV1, which General Motors developed and leased from 1996 until 1999. The EV1, like its successor, Chevy’s Volt gas-electric hybrid, only got 40 miles to the charge.

Azzoli is looking to redesign the wheel, meaning he’s going to get more range from his electric car. With the help of Rebirth Auto, Azzoli is pushing for a world-record 200 miles per charge.

The St. Petersburg-based Rebirth Auto LLC specializes in electric vehicle conversions.


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