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Electric car convention makes return visit to Cape

Caleb Lander of Brewer, Maine points out a part of his 1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle to Rick Bay of Lincoln, Neb., during 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention’s Electric Car Show Saturday, September 29, at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau. Lander has converted the car to electric.
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About 150 people will be in Cape Girardeau this week to learn more about converting cars to run on electricity at the third annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention.

The convention, scheduled for Tuesday through Sunday, will take place at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and the Arena Building. Attendees will be in for educational sessions and shopwork, but there also will be some time devoted to showing off nearly 45 electric vehicles to the public.

“What we think is key is to show people these cars so they can get familiar with them,” said Jack Rickard, a co-organizer of the convention. “I believe that we’re going to see a lot more of these vehicles in the future, particularly if gasoline hits $7 to $9 per gallon.”

Rickard, a Cape Girardeau resident and host of the weekly Internet electric-vehicle program “EVTV,” said electric-conversion enthusiasts will be coming from across the U.S. and from countries such as Canada, Australia, The Netherlands and Great Britain.

“A lot of them have projects that they’ve been coordinating with people on other continents,” he said. “The convention is a great way for everyone to meet one another and discuss those projects in person.”


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