Car hacks / Mods no image

Published on August 15th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

20

6 Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Built By Teenagers

August 15th, 2009 by  
 

Car companies like Tesla, Toyota and Nissan are all scrambling for a piece of the EV market. Heck, even cities like San Francisco and Portland want some.  But they all just got pwned by these kids. These vehicles run on everything from solar to soy!

Texas Teen Buys Car Off eBay, Makes It Electric

Luke Laborde turned a 32 mpg gas-burning Bradley GT II kit car into a fully electric ride for just about $10,000. The ride, which was purchased off eBay, has eight 80-pound batteries throughout including where the gas tank used to be. The car gets 40 miles on a full charge.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


About the Author

is a web developer, part-time blogger, and a full-time environmentalist. His crusade for all things eco started twenty years ago when he ditched his meat-and-potatoes upbringing for something more vegetarian-shaped. His passions include cooking, green tech, eco politics, and smart green design. And while he doesn't own a car anymore, he loves to write about those too. Jerry studied at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA. During his time there he was a DJ at the campus station KCPR and he also wrote for the campus paper. Jerry currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his cat Lola. You can stalk him on Twitter @jerryjamesstone.



  • Cheyanne

    Is there any way to reach any of these kids? They have the potential to be making a ridiculous amount of money. If I can pay even $20,000 to upgrade my car to be eco-friendly, I’m still saving at least $10,000 compared to buying a whole new one from a car company. Furthermore, I’d absolutely love it if all the car companies lost business because they were too money hungry and a bunch of kids were smarter.

  • Cheyanne

    Is there any way to reach any of these kids? They have the potential to be making a ridiculous amount of money. If I can pay even $20,000 to upgrade my car to be eco-friendly, I’m still saving at least $10,000 compared to buying a whole new one from a car company. Furthermore, I’d absolutely love it if all the car companies lost business because they were too money hungry and a bunch of kids were smarter.

  • abizzle

    I want a solar powered bike

  • abizzle

    I want a solar powered bike

  • MD

    Plenty of people build their own DC powered cars, my coworker has a late 80’s Ford Escort that is electric.

    The only problem is that .GOV will NOT give you a tax break on a home built.

    • You can get 10% credit from dec 31, 2009 to 2011.

  • MD

    Plenty of people build their own DC powered cars, my coworker has a late 80’s Ford Escort that is electric.

    The only problem is that .GOV will NOT give you a tax break on a home built.

  • Tesla 1889

    Jeez, those guys made that awesome biodiesel car? NICE! We need more people like that designing cars for today’s companies. I actually wouldn’t mind driving that thing for a bit 😀

  • Tesla 1889

    Jeez, those guys made that awesome biodiesel car? NICE! We need more people like that designing cars for today’s companies. I actually wouldn’t mind driving that thing for a bit 😀

  • Tesla 1889

    Jeez, those guys made that awesome biodiesel car? NICE! We need more people like that designing cars for today’s companies. I actually wouldn’t mind driving that thing for a bit 😀

  • I find it inspiring that the younger generation are taking matters in to their own hands. The large car company’s should work alongside such young and forward thinking individuals to create the car of tomorrow.

  • I find it inspiring that the younger generation are taking matters in to their own hands. The large car company’s should work alongside such young and forward thinking individuals to create the car of tomorrow.

  • Wonder

    I’ve always said conversion is the way, to begin it anyway .. the change

  • Wonder

    I’ve always said conversion is the way, to begin it anyway .. the change

  • Wonder

    I’ve always said conversion is the way, to begin it anyway .. the change

  • J

    That is so cool; I hope that all of these kids will advance in their car design activities

  • J

    That is so cool; I hope that all of these kids will advance in their car design activities

  • dan

    ho didn’t make that, someone in asia did.

  • dan

    ho didn’t make that, someone in asia did.

  • These are some inspirational stories of teenagers being proactive. If more people take action into their own hands like these kids, then real change can be achieved. The only disappointing part is that if teenagers can make these changes, then why can’t we get the car industries, investors, and the general masses to make such changes. It’s important that the message of this article is spread, because it points to the fact that we can make significant changes and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

Back to Top ↑

Shares