According to Redding.com (CA) Mark Willmon, an electrical engineer from Anchorage, AK, overhauled a Mitsubishi pickup, replacing its gasoline engine with an electric motor that runs on batteries to give him an electric vehicle that is more economical to commute to work with than a gasoline ICE car.
About a year ago, facing soaring gas prices and a 20-mile-a-day commute, Willmon said he did some math and figured he'd come out ahead if he invested the time and money to build an electric-powered vehicle.
He's part of a small but growing group of people nationwide who are putting together vehicles that run on electricity instead of expensive gasoline or diesel fuel.
He sold his 10-year-old Jeep Cherokee for $6,000, bought the Mitsubishi pickup for $1,000 and then spent about $11,000 for the parts needed to convert it to electric.
To make the conversion he needed only the electric motor, a motor controller, batteries, a battery charger and a small computer that keeps it all humming.
16 rechargeable, lead-acid batteries that supply the power, take about four hours to charge, and are good for about 40 miles of driving are located in the back of the truck. The family's electric bill has risen about $20 a month. That compares with the $120 it had cost to gas up the Jeep each month. Its batteries will wear out and need to be replaced every couple of years, but it is the Willmon family's second car.
Thanks to the tip from Hybridcars.com.