Electric Car Conversion Kit Turns Your Honda Civic Into a ZeroEmission Vehicle

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Electric Car Conversion Kit Turns Honda Civic Into a Vehicle

PITTSBURGH — That old in your driveway — maybe in need of a valve job? it with an electric conversion. A at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has come up with an kit to make your 2001-2005 a zero-emission battery car.

an existing car instead of buying a new one is for the planet, and the old beater will a new lease on life.

Your can probably install the kit in two and a half It’s not a difficult job, and you can the used engine and transmission on That’s the good part.

Now here’s the bad part. The conversion kit $24,000, plus the cost of the (if you don’t already have Your total bill is to come in at $30,000.

And you’re not for the $7,500 tax credit that new EV get. In fact, buying a new Leaf is actually cheaper converting a 7-year-old used

Conversions are likely to catch on in the fleet market, where matters most is the long-term of keeping vehicles on the road. I the economics of personal EV conversion out better because it makes on many levels.

As Felix of CalCars points out. for the automakers to field new EVs is going to a long time. “There be an insignificant impact in terms of reduction from the new plug-in and electric vehicles for more 15 years — even if they in at a rate 10 times faster hybrids came into the Kramer said. “That’s we have 250 million vehicles in the States and 900 million in the world.” also points out that the already on the road have a lot of energy,” and that about 15 of the total energy used by a car or in its lifetime was expended to build it.

“We’re not manufacturers or price said Illah Nourbakhsh, who Carnegie Mellon’s ChargeCar “The cost would down if we could buy 100 kits at a Indeed they would. And the central issue and Catch-22 The price comes down volume, but the volume isn’t to grow much with a difficult cost of entry.

H. Ben Brown, a project scientist at Mellon’s Robotics Institute and the co-director of ChargeCar, told me the kit is including the electric motor, electronics (including an electric and pumps), 10.5 kilowatt-hours of batteries, a computer display that offers information on health, and all the adapters you’ll to fit the parts into a Civic. You to supply the car and find a mechanic to it all — or do it yourself.

The pack isn’t but it fits into the Civic’s tire well and costs about $5,000, which is for lithium. Charging takes 10 on 110-volt house current, but you half that by installing a garage unit. The team has a pair of Civics, and get approximately 40 of range from them.

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“It’s difficult to get the price any said Brown. “On the positive your impact on the planet is compared to that of building a new

Converting cars to electric be a big business, and some companies, as ALTe, have been to make it such. Michigan-based has developed a turn-key plug-in conversion for fleet and niche For the Ford F-150, the most vehicle on American roads, take out the inevitable V-8, and it with a four-cylinder engine, an of 22-kilowatt-hour battery packs, and two electric motors. As with plug-in hybrids, there is 25 to 40 of electric-only range.

The company there are 33 million light- and trucks on the road, and converting to plug-in hybrid results in an 80 to 200 fuel economy improvement.

Here’s what the ALTe look like on the road:

founded by a trio of Tesla refugees, focuses on converting 3- to Ford vehicles. The downside, as Charge Car, is the price — an of $30,000. The category is heating up, thanks to the entry of VIA Motors. is focusing on plug-in hybrid of large GM vans, trucks and It says its price for converting a will be about $79,000 “in It really needs big orders to it work, and it might get them, to a tight relationship with GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, above, is an advisor and spokesman ).

VIA and ALTe are focusing on the fleet — consumers might come VIA says that over years of typical ownership, save $23,000 with one of 100-mpg conversions, and those are the of numbers that hit home fleet managers. Actually, the you drive, the more you’ll

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