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What Gas-Powered Car Would Make The Best Electric Conversion?

Electric cars are slowly but surely becoming more of a thing. But the problem is that carmakers are basing most of them on small economy cars. What gas car would make a great electric car?

Here’s my idea: An electric Corvette.

Ok, I assume you’ve now completed cursing my name and putting a hex on me, but I think that it would be a great platform. The Corvette is solid and More

Electric cars are slowly but surely becoming more of a thing. But the problem is that carmakers are basing most of them on small economy cars. What gas car would make a great electric car?

Here’s my idea: An electric Corvette.

Ok, I assume you’ve now completed cursing my name and putting a hex on me, but I think that it would be a great platform. The Corvette is solid and More

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Waynesville conversion shop riding electric car trend

WAYNESVILLE – Nothing revs up Kent Barnes quite like a quiet electric motor.

For five years, the 71-year-old has been in the business of transforming traditional, gas-powered vehicles into electric ones through Electric Vehicles of North Carolina, a conversion shop he runs with his son, David Barnes, in Waynesville.
“I’m an electric vehicle evangelist,” said Kent Barnes, who h More

WAYNESVILLE – Nothing revs up Kent Barnes quite like a quiet electric motor.

For five years, the 71-year-old has been in the business of transforming traditional, gas-powered vehicles into electric ones through Electric Vehicles of North Carolina, a conversion shop he runs with his son, David Barnes, in Waynesville.
“I’m an electric vehicle evangelist,” said Kent Barnes, who h More

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Waynesville conversion shop riding electric car trend

WAYNESVILLE – Nothing revs up Kent Barnes quite like a quiet electric motor.

For five years, the 71-year-old has been in the business of transforming traditional, gas-powered vehicles into electric ones through Electric Vehicles of North Carolina, a conversion shop he runs with his son, David Barnes, in Waynesville.
“I’m an electric vehicle evangelist,” said Kent Barnes, who h More

WAYNESVILLE – Nothing revs up Kent Barnes quite like a quiet electric motor.

For five years, the 71-year-old has been in the business of transforming traditional, gas-powered vehicles into electric ones through Electric Vehicles of North Carolina, a conversion shop he runs with his son, David Barnes, in Waynesville.
“I’m an electric vehicle evangelist,” said Kent Barnes, who h More

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A Slovenian developer has pushed the boundaries of electric car industry

An enthusiastic Slovenian developer has pushed the boundaries of electric car industry a bit further this weekend, as he drove 726 kilometres in an electric car on one charging, the daily Dnevnik reported on Monday.
Andrej Pečjak from the village of Češnjica in the Gorenjsko region drove a converted Mazda5 called Metron7 from the lakeside resort of Bled to Croatia’s Dubrovnik withou More

An enthusiastic Slovenian developer has pushed the boundaries of electric car industry a bit further this weekend, as he drove 726 kilometres in an electric car on one charging, the daily Dnevnik reported on Monday.
Andrej Pečjak from the village of Češnjica in the Gorenjsko region drove a converted Mazda5 called Metron7 from the lakeside resort of Bled to Croatia’s Dubrovnik withou More

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USA: EV conversion parts needed.

Howdy,

Doug is donating his time and labor to help a couple of students who are doing an EV conversion on a pickup truck.
Hopefully they will have it done in time to help set the World Record for the most EVs in a parade at our big EV show at De Anza College on Sept. 20th.

Right now, they need a few more parts and cables to make it happen.
Maybe you have one or more of t More

Howdy,

Doug is donating his time and labor to help a couple of students who are doing an EV conversion on a pickup truck.
Hopefully they will have it done in time to help set the World Record for the most EVs in a parade at our big EV show at De Anza College on Sept. 20th.

Right now, they need a few more parts and cables to make it happen.
Maybe you have one or more of t More

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LG Chem says wins battery order from Audi for plug-in hybrid cars

(Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Chem (051910.KS) said on Wednesday it had won an order from Audi (VOWG_p.DE) to supply batteries for its plug-in hybrid and micro hybrid electric vehicles.

LG Chem said the deal was “worth hundreds of millions of dollars” but declined to give further details. It said it expected to win more such orders from Audi parent Volkswagen AG (VOW More

(Reuters) – South Korea’s LG Chem (051910.KS) said on Wednesday it had won an order from Audi (VOWG_p.DE) to supply batteries for its plug-in hybrid and micro hybrid electric vehicles.

LG Chem said the deal was “worth hundreds of millions of dollars” but declined to give further details. It said it expected to win more such orders from Audi parent Volkswagen AG (VOW More

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Annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention event in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) –

The 4th Annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention event (EVCCON) came to Cape Girardeau this week featuring over a dozen electric cars from areas across the nation.

This weeklong event focused on educational sessions and shop work.

People learned the latest technology that goes along with the vehicles.

Enthusiast came from around th More

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) –

The 4th Annual Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention event (EVCCON) came to Cape Girardeau this week featuring over a dozen electric cars from areas across the nation.

This weeklong event focused on educational sessions and shop work.

People learned the latest technology that goes along with the vehicles.

Enthusiast came from around th More

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500 km on single battery charge: Students successful in electric car world record attempt

(Phys.org) —A team of UNSW students has broken a 26-year-old world speed record*, potentially establishing their Sunswift car as the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometers, on a single battery charge.

The world recor More

(Phys.org) —A team of UNSW students has broken a 26-year-old world speed record*, potentially establishing their Sunswift car as the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500 kilometers, on a single battery charge.

The world recor More

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Interest sparks in electric car conversions

When Steve Azzoli pulls his bright blue car into an auto parts store and pops open his hood, he invariably draws a crowd.

That’s because the retired Land O’ Lakes man is tooling around in an all-electric car, and people want to take a look.

Steve Azzoli said his electric car creates a buzz when people take a look under its hood. He invested about $23,000 on the car, but gets 110 More

When Steve Azzoli pulls his bright blue car into an auto parts store and pops open his hood, he invariably draws a crowd.

That’s because the retired Land O’ Lakes man is tooling around in an all-electric car, and people want to take a look.

Steve Azzoli said his electric car creates a buzz when people take a look under its hood. He invested about $23,000 on the car, but gets 110 More

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UK: Students Build Record-Breaking Solar Electric Car

Sunswift, a team of engineering students from the University of New South Wales, designed and built a car that holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle. In 2011, that car reached a top speed of 88 km/h (55 mph). The team hopes that i More

Sunswift, a team of engineering students from the University of New South Wales, designed and built a car that holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest solar-powered vehicle. In 2011, that car reached a top speed of 88 km/h (55 mph). The team hopes that i More

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country’s extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed the project for just $6, More

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country’s extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed the project for just $6, More

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$3,000 Kit to Convert Any Car to Hybrid | Complex

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College Students Made a $3,000 Kit to Convert Any Car to a Hybrid

By Ian Servantes 9 hours ago

Wanna turn a Hummer H2 into a hybrid? Go for it. A Chevy Avalanche? No problem. Students at the Univer More

http://www.complex.com/rides/2014/05/3000-dollar-kit-to-convert-any-car-to-hybrid

College Students Made a $3,000 Kit to Convert Any Car to a Hybrid

By Ian Servantes 9 hours ago

Wanna turn a Hummer H2 into a hybrid? Go for it. A Chevy Avalanche? No problem. Students at the Univer More

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California Awards Odyne $776,000 Grant to Upgrade Heavy Trucks to Plug-In Hybrids.

Funds will be used to install Odyne Systems’ advanced diesel plug-in hybrid electric truck systems on five trucks in the California market.

Published: 05-May-2014

Waukesha, WI, — Odyne Systems, LLC was awarded a $776,000 grant by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to retrofit medium- and heavy-duty work trucks with Odyne plug-in hybrid systems. EPRI will manage More

Funds will be used to install Odyne Systems’ advanced diesel plug-in hybrid electric truck systems on five trucks in the California market.

Published: 05-May-2014

Waukesha, WI, — Odyne Systems, LLC was awarded a $776,000 grant by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to retrofit medium- and heavy-duty work trucks with Odyne plug-in hybrid systems. EPRI will manage More

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UVA Students Turn Totaled Jetta into Remodeled Electric Car

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) – A Volkswagen at the University of Virginia is now a fully electric sport car.

A team of undergraduates used the body of a totaled Jetta – donated by State Farm insurance – to redesign an electric car with safety in mind as their senior capstone project. They have been working to remodel the car since August.

Engineering students in the More

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) – A Volkswagen at the University of Virginia is now a fully electric sport car.

A team of undergraduates used the body of a totaled Jetta – donated by State Farm insurance – to redesign an electric car with safety in mind as their senior capstone project. They have been working to remodel the car since August.

Engineering students in the More

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USA: Western students create electric car

Students stepped through the door as the smell of gasoline and break dust filled the air. Two small racecars, no larger than a compact car, are stacked one of top of the other on a lift as an array of dune buggies and metal frames sit to the side. This is Western’s Vehicle Research Institute.

Busy bodies run about the shop while the sounds of footsteps and the clanking of metal echo off More

Students stepped through the door as the smell of gasoline and break dust filled the air. Two small racecars, no larger than a compact car, are stacked one of top of the other on a lift as an array of dune buggies and metal frames sit to the side. This is Western’s Vehicle Research Institute.

Busy bodies run about the shop while the sounds of footsteps and the clanking of metal echo off More

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SemaConnect Chosen by Southeast Financial Center to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

BOWIE, Md., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ SemaConnect, Inc. announced today that they were chosen by Southeast Financial Center in Miami, FL to install electric vehicle charging stations at their office building and plaza. The electric vehicle charging stations are part of a large renovation effort designed to make thebuilding and plaza one of the most sought after locations in Downtown Miami.

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BOWIE, Md., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ SemaConnect, Inc. announced today that they were chosen by Southeast Financial Center in Miami, FL to install electric vehicle charging stations at their office building and plaza. The electric vehicle charging stations are part of a large renovation effort designed to make thebuilding and plaza one of the most sought after locations in Downtown Miami.

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USA: San Jose EAA meeting this Saturday April 12, 20014 10:00 to 12:00

Hello All,
If you are interested in Electric Vehicles, consider attending one of our
meetings.
All EAA meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested in
Electric Vehicles (EVs).
The meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of every month.
From 10 A.M. until 12 noon

The meetings are held at the Reid Hillview Airport terminal building.
Located at More

Hello All,
If you are interested in Electric Vehicles, consider attending one of our
meetings.
All EAA meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested in
Electric Vehicles (EVs).
The meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of every month.
From 10 A.M. until 12 noon

The meetings are held at the Reid Hillview Airport terminal building.
Located at More

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Panasonic And Tesla In Talks To Build A $1 Billion Car Battery Factory

tesla model s supercharger station 2

William Wei, Business Insider

Japan’s Panasonic and California-based electric-vehicle venture Tesla Motors are in talks to build a $1 billion automotive battery plant in the United States, a report said Wednesday.

The electronic giant is inviting several other Japanese materials makers to join the project, with the aim of lowering man More

tesla model s supercharger station 2

William Wei, Business Insider

Japan’s Panasonic and California-based electric-vehicle venture Tesla Motors are in talks to build a $1 billion automotive battery plant in the United States, a report said Wednesday.

The electronic giant is inviting several other Japanese materials makers to join the project, with the aim of lowering man More

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UC Davis Formula Electric builds all-electric racecar

Every week, a group of UC Davis mechanical and electrical engineering majors gather in Bainer Hall. There, they integrate knowledge from electrical circuits, dynamics, material properties and many other engineering disciplines. Their goal? To build the fastest electric racecar they can under the guidelines of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) Formula Electric competition.

You mig More

Every week, a group of UC Davis mechanical and electrical engineering majors gather in Bainer Hall. There, they integrate knowledge from electrical circuits, dynamics, material properties and many other engineering disciplines. Their goal? To build the fastest electric racecar they can under the guidelines of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) Formula Electric competition.

You mig More

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Gladstone teacher, students convert pickup to electric vehicle (video)

Over the past two years a group of teens at Gladstone High School have been getting hands on experience with the future of transportation.

They’ve taken a 1986 Chevrolet S10 and started transforming it into a truck that runs completely on electricity. And they’re doing all of this on their own time with English teacher, Steve Carrigg, who initially bought the old truck and invit More

Over the past two years a group of teens at Gladstone High School have been getting hands on experience with the future of transportation.

They’ve taken a 1986 Chevrolet S10 and started transforming it into a truck that runs completely on electricity. And they’re doing all of this on their own time with English teacher, Steve Carrigg, who initially bought the old truck and invit More

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Electric Car Conversions Gain Popularity In Australia

charadeWhile many areas of America aren’t suited to the limited range and lack of charging infrastructure, it is nothing in comparison to Australia’s outback, where there could be hundreds of miles between filling stations. But even in Australia, DIYers and small shops are converting old cars into short-range EVs as petrol prices continue to rise.

As it stands, there are only a handful More

charadeWhile many areas of America aren’t suited to the limited range and lack of charging infrastructure, it is nothing in comparison to Australia’s outback, where there could be hundreds of miles between filling stations. But even in Australia, DIYers and small shops are converting old cars into short-range EVs as petrol prices continue to rise.

As it stands, there are only a handful More

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UofL students conduct electric-powered car research in unlikely place

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2013) — The ground floor of a parking garage might seem an unlikely research lab, but for students at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, it has been an ideal location to conduct research on vehi More

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2013) — The ground floor of a parking garage might seem an unlikely research lab, but for students at the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering, it has been an ideal location to conduct research on vehi More

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EVTV kicks off 3rd Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention next week

Ever since lithium batteries first became available to the general public, the popularity of converting gas-powered cars to run on electricity has been on the rise. This is something we can get behind, since not only does recycling previously-manufactured vehicles make environmental sense, it’s also great to see classic automotive metal get a new, improved lease on life.

Over the pas More

Ever since lithium batteries first became available to the general public, the popularity of converting gas-powered cars to run on electricity has been on the rise. This is something we can get behind, since not only does recycling previously-manufactured vehicles make environmental sense, it’s also great to see classic automotive metal get a new, improved lease on life.

Over the pas More

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An Electric Car With 400 Miles Of Range

John Wayland’s drag racing electric Datsun, White Zombie, has graced these pages many times before. But Wayland is currently undergoing a project of a different kind, sourcing parts from GM’s original electric car, the EV1, and swapping More

John Wayland’s drag racing electric Datsun, White Zombie, has graced these pages many times before. But Wayland is currently undergoing a project of a different kind, sourcing parts from GM’s original electric car, the EV1, and swapping More

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DIY electric car conversion on a budget

Converting a gas car to electric can take time but it will save money over the long haul.
1967 Karmann Ghia was converted to an all-electric car by high school students. Using old parts from forklift engines and reusing batteries can More

Converting a gas car to electric can take time but it will save money over the long haul.
1967 Karmann Ghia was converted to an all-electric car by high school students. Using old parts from forklift engines and reusing batteries can More

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Using Virtual Prototypes To Develop Novel E-mobility Vehicle Concepts


Image Caption: ESA BIC Bavaria’s start-up Modelon’s libraries is used by Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to perform research into new safety systems. Credit: Modelon

ESA

An ESA business incubation start-up company is helping major car ma More


Image Caption: ESA BIC Bavaria’s start-up Modelon’s libraries is used by Swedish car manufacturer Volvo to perform research into new safety systems. Credit: Modelon

ESA

An ESA business incubation start-up company is helping major car ma More

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USA: Central charges to third in electric car event

A team from Forsyth Central High School fared well at the Run for the Peaches Electrathon America race.

The students returned from Quitman with a third place trophy for the electric car race, which teacher David Johnson called “quite an experience for this rookie team.”

It was the school’s first venture into electric car racing and “not understanding the finer nuances of batt More

A team from Forsyth Central High School fared well at the Run for the Peaches Electrathon America race.

The students returned from Quitman with a third place trophy for the electric car race, which teacher David Johnson called “quite an experience for this rookie team.”

It was the school’s first venture into electric car racing and “not understanding the finer nuances of batt More

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Central charges to third in electric car event

A team from Forsyth Central High School fared well at the Run for the Peaches Electrathon America race.

The students returned from Quitman with a third place trophy for the electric car race, which teacher David Johnson called “quite an e More

A team from Forsyth Central High School fared well at the Run for the Peaches Electrathon America race.

The students returned from Quitman with a third place trophy for the electric car race, which teacher David Johnson called “quite an e More

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Huntsville students to showcase electric car they will race in England this summer


Students at the Huntsville Center for Technology look over a mockup of their electric car in this February 2012 photo. The students on Friday will showcase the completed car that they plan to race this summer in England for the Greenpower Education Trust’s Centra More


Students at the Huntsville Center for Technology look over a mockup of their electric car in this February 2012 photo. The students on Friday will showcase the completed car that they plan to race this summer in England for the Greenpower Education Trust’s Centra More

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Kirk Smith converts gas-powered car to electric

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – The idea came from the internet. Kirk Smith, a senior at John Burroughs School saw a YouTube video describing how to turn a conventional car into an electric car. He thought it’d be a cool thing to try. His parents needed convincing.

“My parents are pretty supportive of me in most everything I do,” said Smith.

How do you say no to a s More

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – The idea came from the internet. Kirk Smith, a senior at John Burroughs School saw a YouTube video describing how to turn a conventional car into an electric car. He thought it’d be a cool thing to try. His parents needed convincing.

“My parents are pretty supportive of me in most everything I do,” said Smith.

How do you say no to a s More

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