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Published on October 14th, 2008 | by Andrew Williams

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Texas Teen Builds His Own Electric Car on $10,000 Budget


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This fall, Texas teenager Lucas Laborde will be driving to school in an electric car he built himself. The 17 year old spent last summer converting a conventional gas-powered car to run on batteries. Total cost? Around $10,000.

Luke’s EV is based on a kit car, known as a Bradley GT II, which his father bought on eBay for just $5000 splashing out a further $5700 on electric conversion parts and batteries. The rest was left up to Luke’s ingenuity and technical know-how.

After 150 hours of work, Luke had hooked up eight 80-pound lead-acid batteries in the space left after removing the fuel tank, as well as several other ‘creative locations.’ He finished up with an EV capable of travelling 40 miles between charges, a top speed of 45mph, (more than enough for the local school run), and heaps of low-end torque. As Luke told reporters, “it has a lot of power.”

The car isn’t without a few ‘quirks’ though; the weight of the batteries has caused the fiberglas body to twist slightly, meaning that the gull-wing doors don’t completely close. However, by using his own initiative, and making use of widely available existing components, Luke Laborde has put many global car companies to shame by creating a working, highway-ready EV, in far less time and on a much lower budget.

Image Credit – Steve Striharsky at bradleygt2.com




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  • http://racy.com rick

    That is nothing crazy. EVs have been around since the 1960s and had a huge amount of advancement in the 1970s. This is just a good example that someone (a young kid) can take off the shelf parts and then put them together.

    What would be innovative is if he built the electrical system from actual parts. A kit doesn’t seem so difficult.

  • http://racy.com rick

    That is nothing crazy. EVs have been around since the 1960s and had a huge amount of advancement in the 1970s. This is just a good example that someone (a young kid) can take off the shelf parts and then put them together.

    What would be innovative is if he built the electrical system from actual parts. A kit doesn’t seem so difficult.

  • http://racy.com rick

    That is nothing crazy. EVs have been around since the 1960s and had a huge amount of advancement in the 1970s. This is just a good example that someone (a young kid) can take off the shelf parts and then put them together.

    What would be innovative is if he built the electrical system from actual parts. A kit doesn’t seem so difficult.

  • http://www.peachygreen.com/ Stephanie

    This kid gets major kudos for initiative! One thing that automakers are working on is an electric car that travels at normal highway speeds – in excess of 80 mph. Hard to say whether that factor alone results in an electric vehicle that costs 3-4 times what this high school student put together though!

  • http://www.peachygreen.com/ Stephanie

    This kid gets major kudos for initiative! One thing that automakers are working on is an electric car that travels at normal highway speeds – in excess of 80 mph. Hard to say whether that factor alone results in an electric vehicle that costs 3-4 times what this high school student put together though!

  • http://news.wenxuecity.com/messages/200810/news-gb2312-719207.html Jerry

    Just saw a news that a Chinese car manufacturer introduced a new solar panel car for 30,000 RMB, which is less than $5000, ere is a link, sorry it’s in Chinese, but you can see the picture of it.

    Speed up to 70 km/hr, plug in 10 hr for 150 km range, 1 hr sunshine for 5 km.

  • Jerry
  • http://news.wenxuecity.com/messages/200810/news-gb2312-719207.html Jerry

    Just saw a news that a Chinese car manufacturer introduced a new solar panel car for 30,000 RMB, which is less than $5000, ere is a link, sorry it’s in Chinese, but you can see the picture of it.

    Speed up to 70 km/hr, plug in 10 hr for 150 km range, 1 hr sunshine for 5 km.

  • Jerry
  • http://www.greenscollar.com Mark

    Nothing Crazy? Look at those doors! Look at the colors! Even if he did it with a kit, the kid is stylin. Drive slow homie, drive slow.

  • http://www.greenscollar.com Mark

    Nothing Crazy? Look at those doors! Look at the colors! Even if he did it with a kit, the kid is stylin. Drive slow homie, drive slow.

  • http://www.greenscollar.com Mark

    Nothing Crazy? Look at those doors! Look at the colors! Even if he did it with a kit, the kid is stylin. Drive slow homie, drive slow.

  • Jeff

    Congratualations on a beautiful conversion. You are one motivated young man. I hope you manage to stiffen the body up so the doors work better. As far as range and speed goes I have a few comments. Perhaps we are looking at the whole thing backwards. Instead of making EV’s that go 80 MPH with a 150 mile range, perhaps we should shoot for 50 MPH and 75 mile range and make them affordable. How many people actually commute more than 35 miles each way? I know I squeek under that figure and also 30% of my travel is 45 MPH or less on that trek. I have slowed from 65 to 55 on the highway part as well, I save a bit of fuel that way. We are worrying about shortages of fuel and EV’s are a good way to lessen our dependence on combustibles, yet once everyone has an EV, we should start thinking about the next logical step and learn to reduce our electrical load too. It has to come from somewhere too, and it has cost. We need to work on making it possible to work, eat and play in a smaller footprint around where we live. Our grandparents did.

  • Jeff

    Congratualations on a beautiful conversion. You are one motivated young man. I hope you manage to stiffen the body up so the doors work better. As far as range and speed goes I have a few comments. Perhaps we are looking at the whole thing backwards. Instead of making EV’s that go 80 MPH with a 150 mile range, perhaps we should shoot for 50 MPH and 75 mile range and make them affordable. How many people actually commute more than 35 miles each way? I know I squeek under that figure and also 30% of my travel is 45 MPH or less on that trek. I have slowed from 65 to 55 on the highway part as well, I save a bit of fuel that way. We are worrying about shortages of fuel and EV’s are a good way to lessen our dependence on combustibles, yet once everyone has an EV, we should start thinking about the next logical step and learn to reduce our electrical load too. It has to come from somewhere too, and it has cost. We need to work on making it possible to work, eat and play in a smaller footprint around where we live. Our grandparents did.

  • Jeff

    Congratualations on a beautiful conversion. You are one motivated young man. I hope you manage to stiffen the body up so the doors work better. As far as range and speed goes I have a few comments. Perhaps we are looking at the whole thing backwards. Instead of making EV’s that go 80 MPH with a 150 mile range, perhaps we should shoot for 50 MPH and 75 mile range and make them affordable. How many people actually commute more than 35 miles each way? I know I squeek under that figure and also 30% of my travel is 45 MPH or less on that trek. I have slowed from 65 to 55 on the highway part as well, I save a bit of fuel that way. We are worrying about shortages of fuel and EV’s are a good way to lessen our dependence on combustibles, yet once everyone has an EV, we should start thinking about the next logical step and learn to reduce our electrical load too. It has to come from somewhere too, and it has cost. We need to work on making it possible to work, eat and play in a smaller footprint around where we live. Our grandparents did.

  • Ryan

    If he would have used Lithium Polymer batteries it would weigh less, increasing the drive time..

  • Ryan

    If he would have used Lithium Polymer batteries it would weigh less, increasing the drive time..

  • Ryan

    If he would have used Lithium Polymer batteries it would weigh less, increasing the drive time..

  • Ryan

    If he would have used Lithium Polymer batteries it would weigh less, increasing the drive time..

  • ChuckL

    I keep wondering why one of these cars couldn’t be fitted with a clean 5 or 10 HP engine generator set to run full time for long trips.

  • ChuckL

    I keep wondering why one of these cars couldn’t be fitted with a clean 5 or 10 HP engine generator set to run full time for long trips.

  • ChuckL

    I keep wondering why one of these cars couldn’t be fitted with a clean 5 or 10 HP engine generator set to run full time for long trips.

  • Wakeup79

    Go rent “Who killed the Electric Car”. We have had the technology for a long time. Unfortunately, rich oil companies have combined their efforts with government and car companies to keep it from coming to fruition. Kudos to the boy. We all should do this and put big oil out of business.

  • Wakeup79

    Go rent “Who killed the Electric Car”. We have had the technology for a long time. Unfortunately, rich oil companies have combined their efforts with government and car companies to keep it from coming to fruition. Kudos to the boy. We all should do this and put big oil out of business.

  • Wakeup79

    Go rent “Who killed the Electric Car”. We have had the technology for a long time. Unfortunately, rich oil companies have combined their efforts with government and car companies to keep it from coming to fruition. Kudos to the boy. We all should do this and put big oil out of business.

  • Robert

    Lead Acid batteries do not respond well to being fully discharged…. Fail

  • Robert

    Lead Acid batteries do not respond well to being fully discharged…. Fail

  • Robert

    Lead Acid batteries do not respond well to being fully discharged…. Fail

  • Robert

    Lead Acid batteries do not respond well to being fully discharged…. Fail

  • Matt

    Firstly, well done to the kid for doing it! That’s pretty styling.

    That being said, it’s not like he did something that hasn’t been done by the big car companies. They’ve had electric powered technology for years but because there is such a reliance on oil, gas and petrol, they have never been allowed to release fully electric cars because it would A) put thousands of people out of jobs and B) OPEC wouldn’t get rich from the toils of the normal folk.

    That’s changing though. The future’s looking bright.

  • Matt

    Firstly, well done to the kid for doing it! That’s pretty styling.

    That being said, it’s not like he did something that hasn’t been done by the big car companies. They’ve had electric powered technology for years but because there is such a reliance on oil, gas and petrol, they have never been allowed to release fully electric cars because it would A) put thousands of people out of jobs and B) OPEC wouldn’t get rich from the toils of the normal folk.

    That’s changing though. The future’s looking bright.

  • Matt

    Firstly, well done to the kid for doing it! That’s pretty styling.

    That being said, it’s not like he did something that hasn’t been done by the big car companies. They’ve had electric powered technology for years but because there is such a reliance on oil, gas and petrol, they have never been allowed to release fully electric cars because it would A) put thousands of people out of jobs and B) OPEC wouldn’t get rich from the toils of the normal folk.

    That’s changing though. The future’s looking bright.

  • Matt

    Firstly, well done to the kid for doing it! That’s pretty styling.

    That being said, it’s not like he did something that hasn’t been done by the big car companies. They’ve had electric powered technology for years but because there is such a reliance on oil, gas and petrol, they have never been allowed to release fully electric cars because it would A) put thousands of people out of jobs and B) OPEC wouldn’t get rich from the toils of the normal folk.

    That’s changing though. The future’s looking bright.

  • Matt

    Firstly, well done to the kid for doing it! That’s pretty styling.

    That being said, it’s not like he did something that hasn’t been done by the big car companies. They’ve had electric powered technology for years but because there is such a reliance on oil, gas and petrol, they have never been allowed to release fully electric cars because it would A) put thousands of people out of jobs and B) OPEC wouldn’t get rich from the toils of the normal folk.

    That’s changing though. The future’s looking bright.

  • Matt

    Firstly, well done to the kid for doing it! That’s pretty styling.

    That being said, it’s not like he did something that hasn’t been done by the big car companies. They’ve had electric powered technology for years but because there is such a reliance on oil, gas and petrol, they have never been allowed to release fully electric cars because it would A) put thousands of people out of jobs and B) OPEC wouldn’t get rich from the toils of the normal folk.

    That’s changing though. The future’s looking bright.

  • Les

    How is a car that has a top speed of 45 mph considered to be “highway ready”? It seems much more like a glorified golf cart than something that “has put many global car companies to shame.”

  • Les

    How is a car that has a top speed of 45 mph considered to be “highway ready”? It seems much more like a glorified golf cart than something that “has put many global car companies to shame.”

  • Les

    How is a car that has a top speed of 45 mph considered to be “highway ready”? It seems much more like a glorified golf cart than something that “has put many global car companies to shame.”

  • Uncle Mantis

    Sorry but this is nothing new.

    We need an electric car that is able to travel the same distance as a regular car on a full tank of gas and have the same variables too such as average MPH on high way and city streets.

    Keep trying though!!!! Great start! I hope this kid gets a grant!

  • Uncle Mantis

    Sorry but this is nothing new.

    We need an electric car that is able to travel the same distance as a regular car on a full tank of gas and have the same variables too such as average MPH on high way and city streets.

    Keep trying though!!!! Great start! I hope this kid gets a grant!

  • Uncle Mantis

    Sorry but this is nothing new.

    We need an electric car that is able to travel the same distance as a regular car on a full tank of gas and have the same variables too such as average MPH on high way and city streets.

    Keep trying though!!!! Great start! I hope this kid gets a grant!

  • Les

    How is a car that has a top speed of 45 mph considered to be “highway ready”? It seems much more like a glorified golf cart than something that “has put many global car companies to shame.”

  • Uncle Mantis

    Sorry but this is nothing new.

    We need an electric car that is able to travel the same distance as a regular car on a full tank of gas and have the same variables too such as average MPH on high way and city streets.

    Keep trying though!!!! Great start! I hope this kid gets a grant!

  • Gabe

    ChuckL,

    You mean like the Chevy Volt?

  • Gabe

    ChuckL,

    You mean like the Chevy Volt?

  • Gabe

    ChuckL,

    You mean like the Chevy Volt?

  • Alan

    That’s great, but hope he doesn’t get t-boned! If he’s lucky the car will be slagged by acid and not him along with it.

  • Alan

    That’s great, but hope he doesn’t get t-boned! If he’s lucky the car will be slagged by acid and not him along with it.

  • http://ofnature.org AlexC
  • http://ofnature.org AlexC
  • chris

    cool. what do you do with lead-acid batteries once they’re spent? bury them? hmmm.

  • chris

    cool. what do you do with lead-acid batteries once they’re spent? bury them? hmmm.

  • chris

    cool. what do you do with lead-acid batteries once they’re spent? bury them? hmmm.

  • chris

    cool. what do you do with lead-acid batteries once they’re spent? bury them? hmmm.

  • chris

    cool. what do you do with lead-acid batteries once they’re spent? bury them? hmmm.

  • chris

    cool. what do you do with lead-acid batteries once they’re spent? bury them? hmmm.

  • Magnus

    This is a nice project, but nothing revolutionary. It’s been done hundreds of times before.

    I take issue with the idea put forth that this is “highway ready”; the top speed is, after all, only 45MPH. On any highway around here you will get run over if you are going less than 65MPH and really ought to be able to sustain 75MPH to go with the flow of traffic.

  • Magnus

    This is a nice project, but nothing revolutionary. It’s been done hundreds of times before.

    I take issue with the idea put forth that this is “highway ready”; the top speed is, after all, only 45MPH. On any highway around here you will get run over if you are going less than 65MPH and really ought to be able to sustain 75MPH to go with the flow of traffic.

  • Magnus

    This is a nice project, but nothing revolutionary. It’s been done hundreds of times before.

    I take issue with the idea put forth that this is “highway ready”; the top speed is, after all, only 45MPH. On any highway around here you will get run over if you are going less than 65MPH and really ought to be able to sustain 75MPH to go with the flow of traffic.

  • Magnus

    This is a nice project, but nothing revolutionary. It’s been done hundreds of times before.

    I take issue with the idea put forth that this is “highway ready”; the top speed is, after all, only 45MPH. On any highway around here you will get run over if you are going less than 65MPH and really ought to be able to sustain 75MPH to go with the flow of traffic.

  • Dave

    Bradley GT II’s (VW Bug kit cars) could have been ordered as an EV kit vehicle back in the 70’s. There are a couple origional EV ones floating around.

  • Dave

    Bradley GT II’s (VW Bug kit cars) could have been ordered as an EV kit vehicle back in the 70’s. There are a couple origional EV ones floating around.

  • Dave

    Bradley GT II’s (VW Bug kit cars) could have been ordered as an EV kit vehicle back in the 70’s. There are a couple origional EV ones floating around.

  • Dave

    Bradley GT II’s (VW Bug kit cars) could have been ordered as an EV kit vehicle back in the 70’s. There are a couple origional EV ones floating around.

  • chris

    I agree that lead acid batteries were a mistake, he should have done more homework. i.e. LiFePO (better for environment and also better performance)…

  • chris

    I agree that lead acid batteries were a mistake, he should have done more homework. i.e. LiFePO (better for environment and also better performance)…

  • rONdO

    @Mark

    That car was already like that when he bought it. The previous owner gave the car its look.

  • rONdO

    @Mark

    That car was already like that when he bought it. The previous owner gave the car its look.

  • rONdO

    @Mark

    That car was already like that when he bought it. The previous owner gave the car its look.

  • rONdO

    @Mark

    That car was already like that when he bought it. The previous owner gave the car its look.

  • rONdO

    @Mark

    That car was already like that when he bought it. The previous owner gave the car its look.

  • Mike

    EVs have existed for a long time, and obviously the tech exists to make these cars. However, relying on these inefficient technologies will drive technological innovation, which is why companies are spending millions of dollars on R&D. It has nothing to do with oil or whatnot, it just has to do with technological development.

  • Mike

    EVs have existed for a long time, and obviously the tech exists to make these cars. However, relying on these inefficient technologies will drive technological innovation, which is why companies are spending millions of dollars on R&D. It has nothing to do with oil or whatnot, it just has to do with technological development.

  • Mike

    EVs have existed for a long time, and obviously the tech exists to make these cars. However, relying on these inefficient technologies will drive technological innovation, which is why companies are spending millions of dollars on R&D. It has nothing to do with oil or whatnot, it just has to do with technological development.

  • Mike

    EVs have existed for a long time, and obviously the tech exists to make these cars. However, relying on these inefficient technologies will drive technological innovation, which is why companies are spending millions of dollars on R&D. It has nothing to do with oil or whatnot, it just has to do with technological development.

  • Bill

    This student shows initiative and drive; however 30 minutes of reading & research on the Internet will show you the parts required and how to build a 60+mph all electric vehicle conversion. Some are easier to convert than others, but once you mate the electric motor to the transmission the rest isn’t too complicated. The author writes this story as though it’s ground-breaking material. Sorry, it isn’t.

  • Bill

    This student shows initiative and drive; however 30 minutes of reading & research on the Internet will show you the parts required and how to build a 60+mph all electric vehicle conversion. Some are easier to convert than others, but once you mate the electric motor to the transmission the rest isn’t too complicated. The author writes this story as though it’s ground-breaking material. Sorry, it isn’t.

  • Bill

    This student shows initiative and drive; however 30 minutes of reading & research on the Internet will show you the parts required and how to build a 60+mph all electric vehicle conversion. Some are easier to convert than others, but once you mate the electric motor to the transmission the rest isn’t too complicated. The author writes this story as though it’s ground-breaking material. Sorry, it isn’t.

  • Tom
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  • Earl Hoffman

    45 MPH top speed does not make it a highway ready EV. An old 70’s kit car on a VW Beetle frame that has been converted to run on nearly 700 lbs of batteries is not innovative. A 3YO Corolla for $8500 would be a better choice.

  • Earl Hoffman

    45 MPH top speed does not make it a highway ready EV. An old 70’s kit car on a VW Beetle frame that has been converted to run on nearly 700 lbs of batteries is not innovative. A 3YO Corolla for $8500 would be a better choice.

  • Earl Hoffman

    45 MPH top speed does not make it a highway ready EV. An old 70’s kit car on a VW Beetle frame that has been converted to run on nearly 700 lbs of batteries is not innovative. A 3YO Corolla for $8500 would be a better choice.

  • http://www.evsupersite.net ken norwick

    Such a smart little critter! Not… The rest of us did this years ago. My conversion website has seen visitors from 8-16 timezones per day for years. Visit http://www.evsupersite.net and follow the conversion diary link. By the time that I started my EV projects many others had gone before. I just did a better job of spreading the information around (free). Check out DailyGrist online ezine for my 5 day article on electric vehicle commuting.

    Ken

  • http://www.evsupersite.net ken norwick

    Such a smart little critter! Not… The rest of us did this years ago. My conversion website has seen visitors from 8-16 timezones per day for years. Visit http://www.evsupersite.net and follow the conversion diary link. By the time that I started my EV projects many others had gone before. I just did a better job of spreading the information around (free). Check out DailyGrist online ezine for my 5 day article on electric vehicle commuting.

    Ken

  • http://www.evsupersite.net ken norwick

    Such a smart little critter! Not… The rest of us did this years ago. My conversion website has seen visitors from 8-16 timezones per day for years. Visit http://www.evsupersite.net and follow the conversion diary link. By the time that I started my EV projects many others had gone before. I just did a better job of spreading the information around (free). Check out DailyGrist online ezine for my 5 day article on electric vehicle commuting.

    Ken

  • http://www.evsupersite.net ken norwick

    Such a smart little critter! Not… The rest of us did this years ago. My conversion website has seen visitors from 8-16 timezones per day for years. Visit http://www.evsupersite.net and follow the conversion diary link. By the time that I started my EV projects many others had gone before. I just did a better job of spreading the information around (free). Check out DailyGrist online ezine for my 5 day article on electric vehicle commuting.

    Ken

  • http://www.evsupersite.net ken norwick

    Such a smart little critter! Not… The rest of us did this years ago. My conversion website has seen visitors from 8-16 timezones per day for years. Visit http://www.evsupersite.net and follow the conversion diary link. By the time that I started my EV projects many others had gone before. I just did a better job of spreading the information around (free). Check out DailyGrist online ezine for my 5 day article on electric vehicle commuting.

    Ken

  • http://www.evsupersite.net ken norwick

    Such a smart little critter! Not… The rest of us did this years ago. My conversion website has seen visitors from 8-16 timezones per day for years. Visit http://www.evsupersite.net and follow the conversion diary link. By the time that I started my EV projects many others had gone before. I just did a better job of spreading the information around (free). Check out DailyGrist online ezine for my 5 day article on electric vehicle commuting.

    Ken

  • Nick

    So some nerd sticks a bunch of batteries into a cheesy looking kit car that could barely chug along on the freeway. I’ve seen kids do full restorations on cars in highschool. This isnt even half as impressive.

  • Nick

    So some nerd sticks a bunch of batteries into a cheesy looking kit car that could barely chug along on the freeway. I’ve seen kids do full restorations on cars in highschool. This isnt even half as impressive.

  • Nick

    So some nerd sticks a bunch of batteries into a cheesy looking kit car that could barely chug along on the freeway. I’ve seen kids do full restorations on cars in highschool. This isnt even half as impressive.

  • Nick

    So some nerd sticks a bunch of batteries into a cheesy looking kit car that could barely chug along on the freeway. I’ve seen kids do full restorations on cars in highschool. This isnt even half as impressive.

  • Nick

    So some nerd sticks a bunch of batteries into a cheesy looking kit car that could barely chug along on the freeway. I’ve seen kids do full restorations on cars in highschool. This isnt even half as impressive.

  • Nick

    So some nerd sticks a bunch of batteries into a cheesy looking kit car that could barely chug along on the freeway. I’ve seen kids do full restorations on cars in highschool. This isnt even half as impressive.

  • Nick

    So some nerd sticks a bunch of batteries into a cheesy looking kit car that could barely chug along on the freeway. I’ve seen kids do full restorations on cars in highschool. This isnt even half as impressive.

  • http://fognl.blogspot.com kelly

    This is pretty neat, but I’d hardly call this “putting manufacturers to shame”. Designing a car for sale and use on roads is not an easy task. It costs $Billions to go from “idea for a car” to “car on the road”. And pretty much NONE of the resulting cars have “minor” problems like the one mentioned here (doors won’t close because the frame is twisted from the weight of the car’s internal parts).

    For his sake, I hope this kid never plows this car into a tree or another vehicle. It’s going to resemble a giant acid-filled sausage bursting, and it won’t be pretty.

  • http://fognl.blogspot.com kelly

    This is pretty neat, but I’d hardly call this “putting manufacturers to shame”. Designing a car for sale and use on roads is not an easy task. It costs $Billions to go from “idea for a car” to “car on the road”. And pretty much NONE of the resulting cars have “minor” problems like the one mentioned here (doors won’t close because the frame is twisted from the weight of the car’s internal parts).

    For his sake, I hope this kid never plows this car into a tree or another vehicle. It’s going to resemble a giant acid-filled sausage bursting, and it won’t be pretty.

  • http://fognl.blogspot.com kelly

    This is pretty neat, but I’d hardly call this “putting manufacturers to shame”. Designing a car for sale and use on roads is not an easy task. It costs $Billions to go from “idea for a car” to “car on the road”. And pretty much NONE of the resulting cars have “minor” problems like the one mentioned here (doors won’t close because the frame is twisted from the weight of the car’s internal parts).

    For his sake, I hope this kid never plows this car into a tree or another vehicle. It’s going to resemble a giant acid-filled sausage bursting, and it won’t be pretty.

  • http://fognl.blogspot.com kelly

    This is pretty neat, but I’d hardly call this “putting manufacturers to shame”. Designing a car for sale and use on roads is not an easy task. It costs $Billions to go from “idea for a car” to “car on the road”. And pretty much NONE of the resulting cars have “minor” problems like the one mentioned here (doors won’t close because the frame is twisted from the weight of the car’s internal parts).

    For his sake, I hope this kid never plows this car into a tree or another vehicle. It’s going to resemble a giant acid-filled sausage bursting, and it won’t be pretty.

  • J In Cali

    Kudos to Luke, great project, great ingenuity. Wish I had one of these for back and forth to school back then.

    To the author – 45mph is not “highway-ready”

  • J In Cali

    Kudos to Luke, great project, great ingenuity. Wish I had one of these for back and forth to school back then.

    To the author – 45mph is not “highway-ready”

  • J In Cali

    Kudos to Luke, great project, great ingenuity. Wish I had one of these for back and forth to school back then.

    To the author – 45mph is not “highway-ready”

  • J In Cali

    Kudos to Luke, great project, great ingenuity. Wish I had one of these for back and forth to school back then.

    To the author – 45mph is not “highway-ready”

  • http://www.rivercityhydraulics.com Ralph Laborde

    Let’s clear some stuff up.

    1. The blue Bradley is not the car that was converted. Luke’s car is metalic silver with black stripes.

    2. The car has already past 60 mph. and been on the highway. The motor and batteries are still breaking in.

    3. Lead acid batteries are recyclable!

    4. “Floodies” are the cheapest way to go. With an unlimited budget Litium Phosphate bats would have been ideal.

  • http://www.rivercityhydraulics.com Ralph Laborde

    Let’s clear some stuff up.

    1. The blue Bradley is not the car that was converted. Luke’s car is metalic silver with black stripes.

    2. The car has already past 60 mph. and been on the highway. The motor and batteries are still breaking in.

    3. Lead acid batteries are recyclable!

    4. “Floodies” are the cheapest way to go. With an unlimited budget Litium Phosphate bats would have been ideal.

  • http://www.rivercityhydraulics.com Ralph Laborde

    Let’s clear some stuff up.

    1. The blue Bradley is not the car that was converted. Luke’s car is metalic silver with black stripes.

    2. The car has already past 60 mph. and been on the highway. The motor and batteries are still breaking in.

    3. Lead acid batteries are recyclable!

    4. “Floodies” are the cheapest way to go. With an unlimited budget Litium Phosphate bats would have been ideal.

  • http://www.rivercityhydraulics.com Ralph Laborde

    Let’s clear some stuff up.

    1. The blue Bradley is not the car that was converted. Luke’s car is metalic silver with black stripes.

    2. The car has already past 60 mph. and been on the highway. The motor and batteries are still breaking in.

    3. Lead acid batteries are recyclable!

    4. “Floodies” are the cheapest way to go. With an unlimited budget Litium Phosphate bats would have been ideal.

  • Alex Bowles

    45 mph is not highway ready, by any measure. In fact, driving at that speed on a highway is hazardous, as it disrupts traffic flow to the point where the potential for accidents jumps dramatically.

    Given the size of the ‘installed user base’ (i.e. people with gas powered cars) any credible entrant will first need to be compatible with the existing system, if it has any aspirations about becoming the system.

  • Alex Bowles

    45 mph is not highway ready, by any measure. In fact, driving at that speed on a highway is hazardous, as it disrupts traffic flow to the point where the potential for accidents jumps dramatically.

    Given the size of the ‘installed user base’ (i.e. people with gas powered cars) any credible entrant will first need to be compatible with the existing system, if it has any aspirations about becoming the system.

  • Alex Bowles

    45 mph is not highway ready, by any measure. In fact, driving at that speed on a highway is hazardous, as it disrupts traffic flow to the point where the potential for accidents jumps dramatically.

    Given the size of the ‘installed user base’ (i.e. people with gas powered cars) any credible entrant will first need to be compatible with the existing system, if it has any aspirations about becoming the system.

  • Alex Bowles

    45 mph is not highway ready, by any measure. In fact, driving at that speed on a highway is hazardous, as it disrupts traffic flow to the point where the potential for accidents jumps dramatically.

    Given the size of the ‘installed user base’ (i.e. people with gas powered cars) any credible entrant will first need to be compatible with the existing system, if it has any aspirations about becoming the system.

  • Alex Bowles

    45 mph is not highway ready, by any measure. In fact, driving at that speed on a highway is hazardous, as it disrupts traffic flow to the point where the potential for accidents jumps dramatically.

    Given the size of the ‘installed user base’ (i.e. people with gas powered cars) any credible entrant will first need to be compatible with the existing system, if it has any aspirations about becoming the system.

  • Alex Bowles

    45 mph is not highway ready, by any measure. In fact, driving at that speed on a highway is hazardous, as it disrupts traffic flow to the point where the potential for accidents jumps dramatically.

    Given the size of the ‘installed user base’ (i.e. people with gas powered cars) any credible entrant will first need to be compatible with the existing system, if it has any aspirations about becoming the system.

  • Alex Bowles

    45 mph is not highway ready, by any measure. In fact, driving at that speed on a highway is hazardous, as it disrupts traffic flow to the point where the potential for accidents jumps dramatically.

    Given the size of the ‘installed user base’ (i.e. people with gas powered cars) any credible entrant will first need to be compatible with the existing system, if it has any aspirations about becoming the system.

  • http://www.eckernet.com Kevin

    Top speed : 45mph

    plus

    “a working, highway-ready EV”

    What highway do you know of with a speed limit of 45?

    Take this thing on the freeway and your new nickname will be “Speedbump”.

  • http://www.eckernet.com Kevin

    Top speed : 45mph

    plus

    “a working, highway-ready EV”

    What highway do you know of with a speed limit of 45?

    Take this thing on the freeway and your new nickname will be “Speedbump”.

  • http://www.eckernet.com Kevin

    Top speed : 45mph

    plus

    “a working, highway-ready EV”

    What highway do you know of with a speed limit of 45?

    Take this thing on the freeway and your new nickname will be “Speedbump”.

  • http://www.eckernet.com Kevin

    Top speed : 45mph

    plus

    “a working, highway-ready EV”

    What highway do you know of with a speed limit of 45?

    Take this thing on the freeway and your new nickname will be “Speedbump”.

  • ia.

    Slow down to save gas?

    Be careful with that. My Mazda 3’s optimum speed is 63 miles per hour. Drive any slower and you’re getting worse gas mileage than if you were at 63.

  • ia.

    Slow down to save gas?

    Be careful with that. My Mazda 3’s optimum speed is 63 miles per hour. Drive any slower and you’re getting worse gas mileage than if you were at 63.

  • ia.

    Slow down to save gas?

    Be careful with that. My Mazda 3’s optimum speed is 63 miles per hour. Drive any slower and you’re getting worse gas mileage than if you were at 63.

  • JLiszka

    640 pounds of lead-acid batteries? That sounds about as environmentally friendly as the light bulbs full of mercury they are trying to shove down our throats. Better hope the kids aren’t around when one of those babies breaks.

  • JLiszka

    640 pounds of lead-acid batteries? That sounds about as environmentally friendly as the light bulbs full of mercury they are trying to shove down our throats. Better hope the kids aren’t around when one of those babies breaks.

  • JLiszka

    640 pounds of lead-acid batteries? That sounds about as environmentally friendly as the light bulbs full of mercury they are trying to shove down our throats. Better hope the kids aren’t around when one of those babies breaks.

  • JLiszka

    640 pounds of lead-acid batteries? That sounds about as environmentally friendly as the light bulbs full of mercury they are trying to shove down our throats. Better hope the kids aren’t around when one of those babies breaks.

  • JLiszka

    640 pounds of lead-acid batteries? That sounds about as environmentally friendly as the light bulbs full of mercury they are trying to shove down our throats. Better hope the kids aren’t around when one of those babies breaks.

  • jim

    to the kid who built it, do some investigation on good rechargeable batteries for your electric car, there has to be some better things out there than lead-acid.

  • jim

    to the kid who built it, do some investigation on good rechargeable batteries for your electric car, there has to be some better things out there than lead-acid.

  • jim

    to the kid who built it, do some investigation on good rechargeable batteries for your electric car, there has to be some better things out there than lead-acid.

  • jim

    to the kid who built it, do some investigation on good rechargeable batteries for your electric car, there has to be some better things out there than lead-acid.

  • http://wasted_electrons.blogspot.com Nate from Ogden

    I’m sorry, a 40 mile range and 45 mph top speed do NOT qualify for a highway ready (your words) car. I could use that car for my daily work commute but when I get home from work and the spouse wants to go to dinner & a movie, I’d have to fire up an internal combustion powered vehicle to take her because this thing would need to be plugged in for the night and would be out of action for the night.

    This EV would not make the round trip to to her Dr’s office for appointments or carry anthing home bigger than a single Wal-Mart bag. Fail

  • http://NTEAA.org John

    I want to know what part of Texas this young fellow lives in. He should be with us Electric Auto Assoc folks. There are many in Texas.

  • http://NTEAA.org John

    I want to know what part of Texas this young fellow lives in. He should be with us Electric Auto Assoc folks. There are many in Texas.

  • http://NTEAA.org John

    I want to know what part of Texas this young fellow lives in. He should be with us Electric Auto Assoc folks. There are many in Texas.

  • http://NTEAA.org John

    I want to know what part of Texas this young fellow lives in. He should be with us Electric Auto Assoc folks. There are many in Texas.

  • http://NTEAA.org John

    I want to know what part of Texas this young fellow lives in. He should be with us Electric Auto Assoc folks. There are many in Texas.

  • http://www.nteaa.org John

    Lead acid batteries are nearly 100% recyclable. Also, those who say he should have put in lithiums might want to step up and finance him for them. So many folks set back and tell these type of “DOERS” what they should have done. Contradulations for a job well done. Don’t listen to the ney-sayers. I have a lifeP04 powered Fiero and an AGM powered Sparrow. The lithiums cost over three times the lead acid and are still a mystery to operate.

  • http://www.nteaa.org John

    Lead acid batteries are nearly 100% recyclable. Also, those who say he should have put in lithiums might want to step up and finance him for them. So many folks set back and tell these type of “DOERS” what they should have done. Contradulations for a job well done. Don’t listen to the ney-sayers. I have a lifeP04 powered Fiero and an AGM powered Sparrow. The lithiums cost over three times the lead acid and are still a mystery to operate.

  • http://www.nteaa.org John

    Lead acid batteries are nearly 100% recyclable. Also, those who say he should have put in lithiums might want to step up and finance him for them. So many folks set back and tell these type of “DOERS” what they should have done. Contradulations for a job well done. Don’t listen to the ney-sayers. I have a lifeP04 powered Fiero and an AGM powered Sparrow. The lithiums cost over three times the lead acid and are still a mystery to operate.

  • http://www.nteaa.org John

    So, how fast does YOUR EV go? Yes, I thought so, you’re waiting for the technology.

  • http://www.nteaa.org John

    So, how fast does YOUR EV go? Yes, I thought so, you’re waiting for the technology.

  • jason

    put car companies to shame I don’t think so. the doors don’t even close, it only goes 45 mph, can’t drive on the highway. saturn had a electric car back in late ninties. That car won’t even pass saftey inspection in most areas.

    By the way wakeup79 it’s called supply and demand there was no demand for the electric car until recently. IF you think car companies wouldn’t sell a profitable product your a moron. Saturn got rid of there electric car because they had problem with a few catching fire when being charged hence were forced to recall all of them for saftey reasons. I should know I worked for them back then.

  • jason

    put car companies to shame I don’t think so. the doors don’t even close, it only goes 45 mph, can’t drive on the highway. saturn had a electric car back in late ninties. That car won’t even pass saftey inspection in most areas.

    By the way wakeup79 it’s called supply and demand there was no demand for the electric car until recently. IF you think car companies wouldn’t sell a profitable product your a moron. Saturn got rid of there electric car because they had problem with a few catching fire when being charged hence were forced to recall all of them for saftey reasons. I should know I worked for them back then.

  • jason

    put car companies to shame I don’t think so. the doors don’t even close, it only goes 45 mph, can’t drive on the highway. saturn had a electric car back in late ninties. That car won’t even pass saftey inspection in most areas.

    By the way wakeup79 it’s called supply and demand there was no demand for the electric car until recently. IF you think car companies wouldn’t sell a profitable product your a moron. Saturn got rid of there electric car because they had problem with a few catching fire when being charged hence were forced to recall all of them for saftey reasons. I should know I worked for them back then.

  • Bobo

    Most high school students do not have $10,000, even if they work all through their high school career. This would not have been possible without parental contribution and consultation. Kudos to Luke Sr.

  • Bobo

    Most high school students do not have $10,000, even if they work all through their high school career. This would not have been possible without parental contribution and consultation. Kudos to Luke Sr.

  • Bobo

    Most high school students do not have $10,000, even if they work all through their high school career. This would not have been possible without parental contribution and consultation. Kudos to Luke Sr.

  • Bobo

    Most high school students do not have $10,000, even if they work all through their high school career. This would not have been possible without parental contribution and consultation. Kudos to Luke Sr.

  • Bobo

    Most high school students do not have $10,000, even if they work all through their high school career. This would not have been possible without parental contribution and consultation. Kudos to Luke Sr.

  • Andy Freeman

    > How many people actually commute more than 35 miles each way?

    How many people can afford a car that is only useful for commuting? Better yet, how much can most people pay for a car that is only useful for commuting?

    The answer is “not as many as you might think”.

    If you’re currently commuting/short-tripping 15k miles/year (which is a lot) in a vehicle that gets 15 mpg and gas is $4/g, you’re spending $4k on gas/year. A commute-only vehicle that costs $20k takes 4 years to pay for itself (ignoring its license and registration).

    However, if you’re currently getting 30 mpg, that $20k commute/short-trip car takes 8 years to pay for itself.

    The point is that if your regular ride gets good mileage or you don’t do a lot of commuting/short-tripping (15k is a lot), a commute-only vehicle can’t pay for itself with gas savings unless it doesn’t cost very much.

  • Andy Freeman

    > How many people actually commute more than 35 miles each way?

    How many people can afford a car that is only useful for commuting? Better yet, how much can most people pay for a car that is only useful for commuting?

    The answer is “not as many as you might think”.

    If you’re currently commuting/short-tripping 15k miles/year (which is a lot) in a vehicle that gets 15 mpg and gas is $4/g, you’re spending $4k on gas/year. A commute-only vehicle that costs $20k takes 4 years to pay for itself (ignoring its license and registration).

    However, if you’re currently getting 30 mpg, that $20k commute/short-trip car takes 8 years to pay for itself.

    The point is that if your regular ride gets good mileage or you don’t do a lot of commuting/short-tripping (15k is a lot), a commute-only vehicle can’t pay for itself with gas savings unless it doesn’t cost very much.

  • Andy Freeman

    > How many people actually commute more than 35 miles each way?

    How many people can afford a car that is only useful for commuting? Better yet, how much can most people pay for a car that is only useful for commuting?

    The answer is “not as many as you might think”.

    If you’re currently commuting/short-tripping 15k miles/year (which is a lot) in a vehicle that gets 15 mpg and gas is $4/g, you’re spending $4k on gas/year. A commute-only vehicle that costs $20k takes 4 years to pay for itself (ignoring its license and registration).

    However, if you’re currently getting 30 mpg, that $20k commute/short-trip car takes 8 years to pay for itself.

    The point is that if your regular ride gets good mileage or you don’t do a lot of commuting/short-tripping (15k is a lot), a commute-only vehicle can’t pay for itself with gas savings unless it doesn’t cost very much.

  • Andy Freeman

    > How many people actually commute more than 35 miles each way?

    How many people can afford a car that is only useful for commuting? Better yet, how much can most people pay for a car that is only useful for commuting?

    The answer is “not as many as you might think”.

    If you’re currently commuting/short-tripping 15k miles/year (which is a lot) in a vehicle that gets 15 mpg and gas is $4/g, you’re spending $4k on gas/year. A commute-only vehicle that costs $20k takes 4 years to pay for itself (ignoring its license and registration).

    However, if you’re currently getting 30 mpg, that $20k commute/short-trip car takes 8 years to pay for itself.

    The point is that if your regular ride gets good mileage or you don’t do a lot of commuting/short-tripping (15k is a lot), a commute-only vehicle can’t pay for itself with gas savings unless it doesn’t cost very much.

  • Andy Freeman

    > How many people actually commute more than 35 miles each way?

    How many people can afford a car that is only useful for commuting? Better yet, how much can most people pay for a car that is only useful for commuting?

    The answer is “not as many as you might think”.

    If you’re currently commuting/short-tripping 15k miles/year (which is a lot) in a vehicle that gets 15 mpg and gas is $4/g, you’re spending $4k on gas/year. A commute-only vehicle that costs $20k takes 4 years to pay for itself (ignoring its license and registration).

    However, if you’re currently getting 30 mpg, that $20k commute/short-trip car takes 8 years to pay for itself.

    The point is that if your regular ride gets good mileage or you don’t do a lot of commuting/short-tripping (15k is a lot), a commute-only vehicle can’t pay for itself with gas savings unless it doesn’t cost very much.

  • Andy Freeman

    > Lead Acid batteries do not respond well to being fully discharged…. Fail

    Marine deep-cycle batteries do and they’re more readily recyclable and much cheaper than the exotics.

    Exotic batteries are cool, but if you’re trying to pay for the car with gas savings, they’re way too expensive per amp-hour.

  • Andy Freeman

    > Lead Acid batteries do not respond well to being fully discharged…. Fail

    Marine deep-cycle batteries do and they’re more readily recyclable and much cheaper than the exotics.

    Exotic batteries are cool, but if you’re trying to pay for the car with gas savings, they’re way too expensive per amp-hour.

  • Andy Freeman

    > Lead Acid batteries do not respond well to being fully discharged…. Fail

    Marine deep-cycle batteries do and they’re more readily recyclable and much cheaper than the exotics.

    Exotic batteries are cool, but if you’re trying to pay for the car with gas savings, they’re way too expensive per amp-hour.

  • Dee G

    Glad to see people building things, always, but give me a break on the-putting-car-companies-to-shame because of his lower cost budget. If the kid had to pay for medical benefits, an hourly Union wage, general liability/product liability insurance, etc. etc., he’d triple his car cost.

  • Dee G

    Glad to see people building things, always, but give me a break on the-putting-car-companies-to-shame because of his lower cost budget. If the kid had to pay for medical benefits, an hourly Union wage, general liability/product liability insurance, etc. etc., he’d triple his car cost.

  • Dee G

    Glad to see people building things, always, but give me a break on the-putting-car-companies-to-shame because of his lower cost budget. If the kid had to pay for medical benefits, an hourly Union wage, general liability/product liability insurance, etc. etc., he’d triple his car cost.

  • Dee G

    Glad to see people building things, always, but give me a break on the-putting-car-companies-to-shame because of his lower cost budget. If the kid had to pay for medical benefits, an hourly Union wage, general liability/product liability insurance, etc. etc., he’d triple his car cost.

  • Tom

    Kudos to Luke Laborde. We need a paradigm shift about cars. Why not have a pair of cars. One optimized for local commuting: slower, lightweight and electric powered with a 100 mile range. The other optimized for long distance highway travel: gas powered and streamlined like a jet. Heck, most people could probably just rent a highway optimized car occasionaly.

  • Tom

    Kudos to Luke Laborde. We need a paradigm shift about cars. Why not have a pair of cars. One optimized for local commuting: slower, lightweight and electric powered with a 100 mile range. The other optimized for long distance highway travel: gas powered and streamlined like a jet. Heck, most people could probably just rent a highway optimized car occasionaly.

  • John C. Briggs

    Luke,

    Nicely done. Ignore the naysayers. Apparently those who can’t DO, CRITICIZE.

    The experience (and joy) of doing something on your own is very valuable.

    Thanks

    John C. Briggs

  • John C. Briggs

    Luke,

    Nicely done. Ignore the naysayers. Apparently those who can’t DO, CRITICIZE.

    The experience (and joy) of doing something on your own is very valuable.

    Thanks

    John C. Briggs

  • John C. Briggs

    Luke,

    Nicely done. Ignore the naysayers. Apparently those who can’t DO, CRITICIZE.

    The experience (and joy) of doing something on your own is very valuable.

    Thanks

    John C. Briggs

  • Keith_Indy

    He did not create a “highway ready” EV if top speed is only 45 MPH.

    Also, as opposed to major car manufacturers, if it breaks down, he eats the cost of fixing it, not the company. If he gets into an accident, he and his insurance company eat the costs, and he can’t sue anyone but himself for his creation.

    Kudos for the creation, but something cobbled togehter in the backyard, does not make a commercial viable vehicle.

  • Keith_Indy

    He did not create a “highway ready” EV if top speed is only 45 MPH.

    Also, as opposed to major car manufacturers, if it breaks down, he eats the cost of fixing it, not the company. If he gets into an accident, he and his insurance company eat the costs, and he can’t sue anyone but himself for his creation.

    Kudos for the creation, but something cobbled togehter in the backyard, does not make a commercial viable vehicle.

  • http://www.zerogasoline.com Ed

    Good work!

    While it’s true that current electric vehicles don’t offer a range that would work for some drivers, it does offer the range and performance that would suit most peoples daily commute.

    I built my electric car for about $5000. Right now I have a range of about 25 miles (I live only 8 from where I work) and have a top speed of about 50mph (highest speed limit between home and work is 55). I built it with the intention of just going back and forth to work and stopping at the grocery store. I have to think that the big automakers could tap their resources and make an all electric car with about 100 mile range and top speed about 80 – and do it for a reasonable price. They have plenty of engineers, windtunnels and proving grounds, I don’t believe that they cannot make this happen.

    You can see my project at http://www.ZeroGasoline.com

  • http://www.zerogasoline.com Ed

    Good work!

    While it’s true that current electric vehicles don’t offer a range that would work for some drivers, it does offer the range and performance that would suit most peoples daily commute.

    I built my electric car for about $5000. Right now I have a range of about 25 miles (I live only 8 from where I work) and have a top speed of about 50mph (highest speed limit between home and work is 55). I built it with the intention of just going back and forth to work and stopping at the grocery store. I have to think that the big automakers could tap their resources and make an all electric car with about 100 mile range and top speed about 80 – and do it for a reasonable price. They have plenty of engineers, windtunnels and proving grounds, I don’t believe that they cannot make this happen.

    You can see my project at http://www.ZeroGasoline.com

  • http://www.zerogasoline.com Ed

    Good work!

    While it’s true that current electric vehicles don’t offer a range that would work for some drivers, it does offer the range and performance that would suit most peoples daily commute.

    I built my electric car for about $5000. Right now I have a range of about 25 miles (I live only 8 from where I work) and have a top speed of about 50mph (highest speed limit between home and work is 55). I built it with the intention of just going back and forth to work and stopping at the grocery store. I have to think that the big automakers could tap their resources and make an all electric car with about 100 mile range and top speed about 80 – and do it for a reasonable price. They have plenty of engineers, windtunnels and proving grounds, I don’t believe that they cannot make this happen.

    You can see my project at http://www.ZeroGasoline.com

  • http://www.zerogasoline.com Ed

    Good work!

    While it’s true that current electric vehicles don’t offer a range that would work for some drivers, it does offer the range and performance that would suit most peoples daily commute.

    I built my electric car for about $5000. Right now I have a range of about 25 miles (I live only 8 from where I work) and have a top speed of about 50mph (highest speed limit between home and work is 55). I built it with the intention of just going back and forth to work and stopping at the grocery store. I have to think that the big automakers could tap their resources and make an all electric car with about 100 mile range and top speed about 80 – and do it for a reasonable price. They have plenty of engineers, windtunnels and proving grounds, I don’t believe that they cannot make this happen.

    You can see my project at http://www.ZeroGasoline.com

  • http://www.zerogasoline.com Ed

    Good work!

    While it’s true that current electric vehicles don’t offer a range that would work for some drivers, it does offer the range and performance that would suit most peoples daily commute.

    I built my electric car for about $5000. Right now I have a range of about 25 miles (I live only 8 from where I work) and have a top speed of about 50mph (highest speed limit between home and work is 55). I built it with the intention of just going back and forth to work and stopping at the grocery store. I have to think that the big automakers could tap their resources and make an all electric car with about 100 mile range and top speed about 80 – and do it for a reasonable price. They have plenty of engineers, windtunnels and proving grounds, I don’t believe that they cannot make this happen.

    You can see my project at http://www.ZeroGasoline.com

  • andy

    what a load of bollacks

  • andy

    what a load of bollacks

  • andy

    what a load of bollacks

  • andy

    what a load of bollacks

  • costia

    CEWL WHEELZ

  • costia

    CEWL WHEELZ

  • Apples and Oranges

    The comparison to what car companies produce is meaningless. The car companies are trying to build cars that can be mass produced and meet all the federal regulations. Luke did a great job on his project, but he is not doing what the car companies are doing.

  • Apples and Oranges

    The comparison to what car companies produce is meaningless. The car companies are trying to build cars that can be mass produced and meet all the federal regulations. Luke did a great job on his project, but he is not doing what the car companies are doing.

  • Apples and Oranges

    The comparison to what car companies produce is meaningless. The car companies are trying to build cars that can be mass produced and meet all the federal regulations. Luke did a great job on his project, but he is not doing what the car companies are doing.

  • Nic

    To the guy that said electric cars have been around since the 60s…. they have been around since the car was invented (turn of the 20th century)

  • Nic

    To the guy that said electric cars have been around since the 60s…. they have been around since the car was invented (turn of the 20th century)

  • Nic

    To the guy that said electric cars have been around since the 60s…. they have been around since the car was invented (turn of the 20th century)

  • Nic

    To the guy that said electric cars have been around since the 60s…. they have been around since the car was invented (turn of the 20th century)

  • Nic

    To the guy that said electric cars have been around since the 60s…. they have been around since the car was invented (turn of the 20th century)

  • Jared Lorz

    It’s a piece of crap. 40 Miles? That doesn’t even get me to work and back. Throw the thing in the trash it’s a 10,000$ piece of lead garbage that doesn’t deserve a story.

    This story is as interesting as someone riding their bike to work.

    P.S.

    What’s the environmental impact of creating, or disposing of 8 80 pound lead acid batteries?

    Keep sucking the tailpipe of the green revolution. This is the amazing plastic all over again.

  • Jared Lorz

    It’s a piece of crap. 40 Miles? That doesn’t even get me to work and back. Throw the thing in the trash it’s a 10,000$ piece of lead garbage that doesn’t deserve a story.

    This story is as interesting as someone riding their bike to work.

    P.S.

    What’s the environmental impact of creating, or disposing of 8 80 pound lead acid batteries?

    Keep sucking the tailpipe of the green revolution. This is the amazing plastic all over again.

  • http://gas2electric.net Max

    This is a great thing. I actually get a lot of interest from high school mechanic schools that want to convert a car to electric for a project and I often offer them free info and discounts for kits at http://gas2electric.net.

    This is a great way to get more exposure to the conversion movement that more and more people have become interested in.

  • http://gas2electric.net Max

    This is a great thing. I actually get a lot of interest from high school mechanic schools that want to convert a car to electric for a project and I often offer them free info and discounts for kits at http://gas2electric.net.

    This is a great way to get more exposure to the conversion movement that more and more people have become interested in.

  • http://www.antiwar.com mike

    wait till the federal dogs put taxes on it–they will regulate it to death..

  • http://www.antiwar.com mike

    wait till the federal dogs put taxes on it–they will regulate it to death..

  • Goodjob

    This is a great thing he has done.

    He has put big car business to shame.

    Most of you guys are rediculous for not giving him his props. HE IS A TEENAGER!!!!

  • Goodjob

    This is a great thing he has done.

    He has put big car business to shame.

    Most of you guys are rediculous for not giving him his props. HE IS A TEENAGER!!!!

  • Joann Maas

    The government and America’s Elite have kept this technology from the people for over thirty years. GM shut down their elecric car project in the ninty’s and destroyed all eveidence of them. Funny…because they worked so well that the test subjects wanted to purchase them after owning them for a year. GM refused and George W was mixed up in it as well. Research it if you don’t beleive me. Great job kid! Run for president! You say you want a revolution…. well get on board. We’ll start a new crusade, well start a holy war. Don’t need no order, don’t need no plan. All I need is the stone that’s in my hand! When you’ve had enough and are ready for a stand, I’ll be waiting with the stone that’s in my hand. I waste inside the cage!

  • Joann Maas

    The government and America’s Elite have kept this technology from the people for over thirty years. GM shut down their elecric car project in the ninty’s and destroyed all eveidence of them. Funny…because they worked so well that the test subjects wanted to purchase them after owning them for a year. GM refused and George W was mixed up in it as well. Research it if you don’t beleive me. Great job kid! Run for president! You say you want a revolution…. well get on board. We’ll start a new crusade, well start a holy war. Don’t need no order, don’t need no plan. All I need is the stone that’s in my hand! When you’ve had enough and are ready for a stand, I’ll be waiting with the stone that’s in my hand. I waste inside the cage!

  • Frank

    Yeah but can it time travel? This is 2008, cars should be able to do this by now. I blame the liberal media and illegal immigrants.

  • Frank

    Yeah but can it time travel? This is 2008, cars should be able to do this by now. I blame the liberal media and illegal immigrants.

  • alora

    THE MOST IRONIC THING ABOUT THIS STORY IS THAT A HIGH SCHOOLER DID WHAT OUR AUTO MAKERS APPARENTLY CANNOT. OR SHOULD I SAY WILL NOT. CAR COMPANIES GET ALOT OF GOVERNMENT MONEY FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT. THEN THEY GET BIG BONUSES OUT OF WHAT IS LEFT OVER. PLUS, THEY ARE ALL WELL INVESTED IN OIL STOCKS. UNCLE SAM NOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY REALLY WANT TO DO AWAY WITH OIL DEPENDENCY. IT’S SIMPLY TO LUCRATIVE FOR THEM. PLUS THEY USE IT AS A FOREIGN POLICY CHESS PIECE.

  • alora

    THE MOST IRONIC THING ABOUT THIS STORY IS THAT A HIGH SCHOOLER DID WHAT OUR AUTO MAKERS APPARENTLY CANNOT. OR SHOULD I SAY WILL NOT. CAR COMPANIES GET ALOT OF GOVERNMENT MONEY FOR RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT. THEN THEY GET BIG BONUSES OUT OF WHAT IS LEFT OVER. PLUS, THEY ARE ALL WELL INVESTED IN OIL STOCKS. UNCLE SAM NOR THE AUTO INDUSTRY REALLY WANT TO DO AWAY WITH OIL DEPENDENCY. IT’S SIMPLY TO LUCRATIVE FOR THEM. PLUS THEY USE IT AS A FOREIGN POLICY CHESS PIECE.

  • Kristine

    Lasts 40 miles before recharging? Guess no weekend getaways for him! In that car at least… Gotta add some solar chargers possibly? When his dad is done paying off his maxed out credit cards I’m sure he’ll get some solar panels too.

  • Kristine

    Lasts 40 miles before recharging? Guess no weekend getaways for him! In that car at least… Gotta add some solar chargers possibly? When his dad is done paying off his maxed out credit cards I’m sure he’ll get some solar panels too.

  • Michael

    Anyone who is bashing this kid after building that car himself sucks. Even if he “Could’ve done this” or even if you think “Seeing how the parts are readily availble it doesn’t seem too difficult” ask yourself this. Could I have done this at 17 years old? Answer no way. Otherwise we would’ve read about you a long time ago. Way to go kid. Don’t let these douchebag nay-sayers get you down.

  • Michael

    Anyone who is bashing this kid after building that car himself sucks. Even if he “Could’ve done this” or even if you think “Seeing how the parts are readily availble it doesn’t seem too difficult” ask yourself this. Could I have done this at 17 years old? Answer no way. Otherwise we would’ve read about you a long time ago. Way to go kid. Don’t let these douchebag nay-sayers get you down.

  • BIRDMR2

    Greetings,

    I think this is great. I want one.

    Just to clarify something on behalf of this kid: the body design is a “kit car” manufactured by a company called Bradley. The kit is designed for gas engine, usually Volkswagen, MG, or any other small gas engine. The bradley kit is not EV by design, so the gearing and engine and the rest of the car besides the body is something the kid built.

    Rob S

    Wisconsin

  • BIRDMR2

    Greetings,

    I think this is great. I want one.

    Just to clarify something on behalf of this kid: the body design is a “kit car” manufactured by a company called Bradley. The kit is designed for gas engine, usually Volkswagen, MG, or any other small gas engine. The bradley kit is not EV by design, so the gearing and engine and the rest of the car besides the body is something the kid built.

    Rob S

    Wisconsin

  • inagaddadavida_loca

    I’m all for advancing the automobile, but some here seem to think that they are equipped to judge the auto industry based on a severely flawed documentary (“Who Killed the Electric Car”). Folks, if you don’t know anything about cars, learn about Detroit and its history, about government regulation for cars, and economics. There’s some wonderful things going on right now around the world when it comes to cars, but it’s a very complicated industry that needs educated comments from the masses.

    That being said, kudos to the kid for finding a solution to his needs – that’s how it’s supposed to work, right?

  • inagaddadavida_loca

    I’m all for advancing the automobile, but some here seem to think that they are equipped to judge the auto industry based on a severely flawed documentary (“Who Killed the Electric Car”). Folks, if you don’t know anything about cars, learn about Detroit and its history, about government regulation for cars, and economics. There’s some wonderful things going on right now around the world when it comes to cars, but it’s a very complicated industry that needs educated comments from the masses.

    That being said, kudos to the kid for finding a solution to his needs – that’s how it’s supposed to work, right?

  • http://owlgravy@yahoo.com Owlgravy

    An answer to ChuckL about having an on-board generator running at a constant speed to charge the batteries: Mother Earth News had an article (and plans) for a

    85mpg hybrid car 30 years ago using that principal, using three 12-V batteries for a storage “flywheel”.

    The powers that be try to make everything complicated,

    that’s why we’re offered $30,000 ‘hybrids’ that are so complicated that not many working folks want one.

  • Myat

    Well done kid! Hope there are more people like you and the world will be a better place to live in. Such a very creative and innovative mind.

  • Myat

    Well done kid! Hope there are more people like you and the world will be a better place to live in. Such a very creative and innovative mind.

  • http://www.techhairball.com Techhairball

    Awesome. GM should learn from this.

  • http://www.techhairball.com Techhairball

    Awesome. GM should learn from this.

  • Scot McLean

    Mr. LaBorde is our future. Thank God.

  • Scot McLean

    Mr. LaBorde is our future. Thank God.

  • Ed

    Great job! You and others like you have proven that an automobile can be home built that achieves the same mileage on batteries as the chevy volt that is scheduled to roll off of the assembly line in 2010. GM should be embarrased to learn that a high school student has achieved what is taking 600 engineers and 50 designers along with support staff to do. I realize that more than just building an electric car is involved. However, there is not one thing that is unique about the Volt. Letourneau corp. has been building engine driven generators powering heavy equipment for years. DC motors have been around for years. They have simply put the two together. GM is “Reinventing the Wheel” at our expense. They are requesting Govt. loans to continue doing business as usual to build an automobile that will cost around $30,000.00 while claiming this price is below the manufacturing cost. Rick Wagoner should be fired along with the majority of GM engineers.A new CEO along with new engineering graduates should be hired that do not fit the GM mold or in other words “People who do not possess the GM mentality” and charge them with designing and building a true electric automobile that the American people can be proud of. There is atart up company in California “Tesla Motor Car Co.” that has designed and built an automobile that will travel 200 miles on a single charge. After billions of dollars have been spent by GM developing their Volt, it will travel a grand total of 40 miles on a single charge and GM wonders why they are no longer the number 1 automobile manufacturer. This is an embarrasment to American ingenuity; we can do better than that! Join me and revolt against the Volt!

  • Ed

    Great job! You and others like you have proven that an automobile can be home built that achieves the same mileage on batteries as the chevy volt that is scheduled to roll off of the assembly line in 2010. GM should be embarrased to learn that a high school student has achieved what is taking 600 engineers and 50 designers along with support staff to do. I realize that more than just building an electric car is involved. However, there is not one thing that is unique about the Volt. Letourneau corp. has been building engine driven generators powering heavy equipment for years. DC motors have been around for years. They have simply put the two together. GM is “Reinventing the Wheel” at our expense. They are requesting Govt. loans to continue doing business as usual to build an automobile that will cost around $30,000.00 while claiming this price is below the manufacturing cost. Rick Wagoner should be fired along with the majority of GM engineers.A new CEO along with new engineering graduates should be hired that do not fit the GM mold or in other words “People who do not possess the GM mentality” and charge them with designing and building a true electric automobile that the American people can be proud of. There is atart up company in California “Tesla Motor Car Co.” that has designed and built an automobile that will travel 200 miles on a single charge. After billions of dollars have been spent by GM developing their Volt, it will travel a grand total of 40 miles on a single charge and GM wonders why they are no longer the number 1 automobile manufacturer. This is an embarrasment to American ingenuity; we can do better than that! Join me and revolt against the Volt!

  • viswanathan

    we have already a electric car called “Reva” in Bangalore India

  • viswanathan

    we have already a electric car called “Reva” in Bangalore India

  • Jeff

    WOW. this guy is awesome!

  • Jeff

    WOW. this guy is awesome!

  • http://www.900seconds.tv Jessie

    While this is a great feat, and the young man should get all the praises showered upon him…the car is not exactly a “highway-ready”. I’m sure with the advent of newer technologies, the lead-acid batteries can be replaced with lighter batteries, thus providing more speed, should the weight of the vehicle allow it. In the end, it should be noted that he did over a summer what the “Big 3″ REFUSE to do at all.

  • http://www.900seconds.tv Jessie

    While this is a great feat, and the young man should get all the praises showered upon him…the car is not exactly a “highway-ready”. I’m sure with the advent of newer technologies, the lead-acid batteries can be replaced with lighter batteries, thus providing more speed, should the weight of the vehicle allow it. In the end, it should be noted that he did over a summer what the “Big 3″ REFUSE to do at all.

  • Phil

    Great job Luke! At least this kid isn’t sitting around on his rump doing nothing. To me, it’s impressive to see a teen take some initiative and try something many would consider “outside the box.” Granted, his solution leaves areas for improvement, but at least he gave it a decent shot – probably more than many of you whiners have done or will ever do. Also, to hold the comments of the article’s author against this kid is a royal joke. To all of you with nothing but negative comments, get over yourselves – it’s attitudes like yours that impede innovation.

  • Phil

    Great job Luke! At least this kid isn’t sitting around on his rump doing nothing. To me, it’s impressive to see a teen take some initiative and try something many would consider “outside the box.” Granted, his solution leaves areas for improvement, but at least he gave it a decent shot – probably more than many of you whiners have done or will ever do. Also, to hold the comments of the article’s author against this kid is a royal joke. To all of you with nothing but negative comments, get over yourselves – it’s attitudes like yours that impede innovation.

  • http://www.richleo.edcdgold.com Leroy

    Luke, this is exceptional and highly noteworthy.This is the way to go in the 21st Century.Really we have heard several times that Ford,GM& Honda have developed such Electric cars but it would take up to 2010-2015 for them to become available.A lot of this was purely Politics,because of the impact it would have had on Companies within the Gasoline Industry.But certainly, do you all realise just how this would have caused Walmart,Publix and many other suppliers to roll back the Price of Grocery items which all sky-rocketed because of cost of gas?

    Luke could be saving a lot of people tons of money, because from every gallon of fuel consumed, only 40% is really used to drive the vehicle while 60% actually goes to utter waste!Frightening,but it is true.

    It is in light of situations like this,that we at EDC Gold, – that we talk so much about:-Mind-set changes and The New Paradigmn Shift or the really sophisticated ways in which people now make/save money via the internet whether online or offline.As against living Pay-Check to Pay-Check,working 40hours/week for 40 years and not sure if they can retire.But with Luke’s Electric car invention there will be less demand for gasoline in US,Canada, Brazil and Europe.People will be able to live their lives better with sufficient savings and time freedom to enjoy it!But this is also Prophecy because in the last days God promised that He will pour out his spirit upon all flesh… and that your children shall see visions.

  • http://www.richleo.edcdgold.com Leroy

    Luke, this is exceptional and highly noteworthy.This is the way to go in the 21st Century.Really we have heard several times that Ford,GM& Honda have developed such Electric cars but it would take up to 2010-2015 for them to become available.A lot of this was purely Politics,because of the impact it would have had on Companies within the Gasoline Industry.But certainly, do you all realise just how this would have caused Walmart,Publix and many other suppliers to roll back the Price of Grocery items which all sky-rocketed because of cost of gas?

    Luke could be saving a lot of people tons of money, because from every gallon of fuel consumed, only 40% is really used to drive the vehicle while 60% actually goes to utter waste!Frightening,but it is true.

    It is in light of situations like this,that we at EDC Gold, – that we talk so much about:-Mind-set changes and The New Paradigmn Shift or the really sophisticated ways in which people now make/save money via the internet whether online or offline.As against living Pay-Check to Pay-Check,working 40hours/week for 40 years and not sure if they can retire.But with Luke’s Electric car invention there will be less demand for gasoline in US,Canada, Brazil and Europe.People will be able to live their lives better with sufficient savings and time freedom to enjoy it!But this is also Prophecy because in the last days God promised that He will pour out his spirit upon all flesh… and that your children shall see visions.

  • http://www.richleo.edcdgold.com Leroy

    Luke,this is highly commendable and is certainly noteworthy!This is the way to go for the 21st Century-as a few Dealers had been discussing with him.

    Ford, Honda& GM had promised for a long time now to have these cars ready between 2010-2012.These had not been forthcoming.

    That is why at EDC Gold we put people into positions with what is called a Mind-change so that they can change the way they use gasoline as well as make money whether online or offline

  • http://www.richleo.edcdgold.com Leroy

    Luke,this is highly commendable and is certainly noteworthy!This is the way to go for the 21st Century-as a few Dealers had been discussing with him.

    Ford, Honda& GM had promised for a long time now to have these cars ready between 2010-2012.These had not been forthcoming.

    That is why at EDC Gold we put people into positions with what is called a Mind-change so that they can change the way they use gasoline as well as make money whether online or offline

  • http://yahoo tiger96

    What about an air car that runs on air. it’s engine has only been around for 400 years.

  • http://virtulobjeq.blogspot.com vrtulobjeq

    Very impressive, but a video of the car in action may inspire other like minded adaptive individuals to make or create one of their own.

  • http://virtulobjeq.blogspot.com vrtulobjeq

    Very impressive, but a video of the car in action may inspire other like minded adaptive individuals to make or create one of their own.

  • Tim

    In response to Jeff. EVs could go 300 miles on a charge and travel at 70 mph with the new batteries. The problem is that stock holders in cars also hold major holdings in fuel companies. This is why they are pushing the hydrogen cell. They don’t want to loose the money to utility companies.

  • Tim

    In response to Jeff. EVs could go 300 miles on a charge and travel at 70 mph with the new batteries. The problem is that stock holders in cars also hold major holdings in fuel companies. This is why they are pushing the hydrogen cell. They don’t want to loose the money to utility companies.

  • http://www.marvelbody.com marvelbodyDOTcom

    A teenager took the initiative to create an environmentally-friendly car?!? WOW! Can I trade my teenager for him???

  • http://www.marvelbody.com marvelbodyDOTcom

    A teenager took the initiative to create an environmentally-friendly car?!? WOW! Can I trade my teenager for him???

  • ???

    dont hate rick

  • ???

    dont hate rick

  • http://www.rivercityhydraulics.com Ralph Laborde

    http://www.evalbum.com/2158

    Here is the correct picture and specs. on Luke’s car.

  • http://www.rivercityhydraulics.com Ralph Laborde

    http://www.evalbum.com/2158

    Here is the correct picture and specs. on Luke’s car.

  • Jeff

    I own an original Bradley GTE (GT2 Electric). Nothing special here. It sounds to me like he just bought a kit and installed it. The vehicle may be rather unsafe, depending on his battery placement, and the type of battery boxes he engineered. The factory GTE’s had a slightly different body to accomodate the batteries (16 6v flooded cells). The 45mph top end is pathetic, unless he’s limited the speed intentionally. My factory GTE has clocked 73 on GPS.

    Looks like he’s using 12v batts, if so I doubt the 40 mile range claimed. They dump alot of power quickly, but don’t have the range of 12 8v or 16 6v batts. And, the massive torque has nothing to do with the batt configuration. Electric motors have all their torque as soon as full current is applied, unlike ICEs which have to build up to it.

    Ryan – have you ever priced Lithium Polys? It would cost $16,000 for a 96 volt set!! Yeah, I’ve priced them, and Yeah, I’d love to install a set in my GTE. But the increased run time isn’t worth it. Nickel Metal Hydrides MIGHT be worth the extra cost for the increase in range and weight reduction.

    Funny that they didn’t even take a new picture of the car, that pic is from the BradlyGT2 website, when Steve still owned it:

    http://bradleygt2.com/gallery/thumbs.php3?owner_id=3

  • Jeff

    I own an original Bradley GTE (GT2 Electric). Nothing special here. It sounds to me like he just bought a kit and installed it. The vehicle may be rather unsafe, depending on his battery placement, and the type of battery boxes he engineered. The factory GTE’s had a slightly different body to accomodate the batteries (16 6v flooded cells). The 45mph top end is pathetic, unless he’s limited the speed intentionally. My factory GTE has clocked 73 on GPS.

    Looks like he’s using 12v batts, if so I doubt the 40 mile range claimed. They dump alot of power quickly, but don’t have the range of 12 8v or 16 6v batts. And, the massive torque has nothing to do with the batt configuration. Electric motors have all their torque as soon as full current is applied, unlike ICEs which have to build up to it.

    Ryan – have you ever priced Lithium Polys? It would cost $16,000 for a 96 volt set!! Yeah, I’ve priced them, and Yeah, I’d love to install a set in my GTE. But the increased run time isn’t worth it. Nickel Metal Hydrides MIGHT be worth the extra cost for the increase in range and weight reduction.

    Funny that they didn’t even take a new picture of the car, that pic is from the BradlyGT2 website, when Steve still owned it:

    http://bradleygt2.com/gallery/thumbs.php3?owner_id=3

  • Ralph

    Jeff,

    Please follow the link above your post. The car will do 65 and yes!!!! it has a 35+ range. The batteries are securely placed and no, it’s not dangerous or I would not let him drive it. Kudos to you for getting a factory GT2 electric. Yes, it was a kit but a 16 year old installed it. It would be really cool if we could all go out and buy a ready made electric car like you did. Give Luke some credit instead of knocking his car. We did not supply the picture…. I don’t know why the author of the article, which was written by David Uhler of the San Antonio Express News( no credit given might I add)did not request a picture of the actual car.

    It’s people like you with a ” that won’t work” “you did it wrong” “mine’s faster than your’s”,That ruin it for the next generation. How about “Great job kid” If only more young people took the time to try to reduce the size of the carbon footprint our generation is leaving, they might save the planet!

  • Ralph

    Jeff,

    Please follow the link above your post. The car will do 65 and yes!!!! it has a 35+ range. The batteries are securely placed and no, it’s not dangerous or I would not let him drive it. Kudos to you for getting a factory GT2 electric. Yes, it was a kit but a 16 year old installed it. It would be really cool if we could all go out and buy a ready made electric car like you did. Give Luke some credit instead of knocking his car. We did not supply the picture…. I don’t know why the author of the article, which was written by David Uhler of the San Antonio Express News( no credit given might I add)did not request a picture of the actual car.

    It’s people like you with a ” that won’t work” “you did it wrong” “mine’s faster than your’s”,That ruin it for the next generation. How about “Great job kid” If only more young people took the time to try to reduce the size of the carbon footprint our generation is leaving, they might save the planet!

  • Randy

    I don’t know who Rick, I sure haven’t seen in print where did anything like this. It does seem like a big deal to me!

  • Randy

    I don’t know who Rick, I sure haven’t seen in print where did anything like this. It does seem like a big deal to me!

  • Tony

    Luke is not the problem with the story it is the author.This person should have done their research.Bradley made about 50 electric GT2 most were kits with parts made by GE,96 volt systems. Bradley also made a few complete ready to drive GTE”S as they were called. Range was from 40 to almost 100 miles if you drive careful top speed was about 75 mph. I know this because I own a Bradley GTE all original parts.

  • Tony

    Luke is not the problem with the story it is the author.This person should have done their research.Bradley made about 50 electric GT2 most were kits with parts made by GE,96 volt systems. Bradley also made a few complete ready to drive GTE”S as they were called. Range was from 40 to almost 100 miles if you drive careful top speed was about 75 mph. I know this because I own a Bradley GTE all original parts.

  • http://www.indigo-project.com iNDIGO PROjECT

    Great job Kiddos!

    If you think this is cool then check out an awesome electric car at…

    http://indigoproject.squarespace.com/ac-propulsion/

  • http://www.indigo-project.com iNDIGO PROjECT

    This is the coolest electric car ever.

    Check it out at http://indigoproject.squarespace.com/ac-propulsion/

  • http://www.indigo-project.com iNDIGO PROjECT

    Great job Kiddos!

    If you think this is cool then check out an awesome electric car at…

    http://indigoproject.squarespace.com/ac-propulsion/

  • http://www.indigo-project.com iNDIGO PROjECT

    This is the coolest electric car ever.

    Check it out at http://indigoproject.squarespace.com/ac-propulsion/

  • ipod

    Congratulations on a beautiful conversion. One thing that automakers are working on is an electric car that travels at normal highway speeds in excess of 80 mph and the car engine assembly.

  • ipod

    Congratulations on a beautiful conversion. One thing that automakers are working on is an electric car that travels at normal highway speeds in excess of 80 mph and the car engine assembly.

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  • http://www.squidoo.com/electric-car-Conversion-cost Jake Auto

    The look of that car reminds me of an electric Corvette conversion that preciously had a 740 hp V8 by an owner previously preoccupied with 1/4 mile times, who probably now focuses on travel range.

    My recent survey of 50 home brew conversions found the average range to be about 35 miles, which the Bradley beats.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/electric-car-Conversion-cost Jake Auto

    The look of that car reminds me of an electric Corvette conversion that preciously had a 740 hp V8 by an owner previously preoccupied with 1/4 mile times, who probably now focuses on travel range.

    My recent survey of 50 home brew conversions found the average range to be about 35 miles, which the Bradley beats.

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