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HELSINKI — After the wikipedia, the eCars — Now! is a Internet community seeking to the collective approach taken by collaborators like the authors of to start converting used cars to electric ones, the first roll-out due this

The Finnish-language forum claims to be of its kind in the world, and wants to an alternative to what its members as foot-dragging in the oil and auto industries.

The is working in the tradition of ‘open projects laid down by technology — like the computer operating system was started by a Finn and challenged dominance.

If we succeed very it will create similar across the world with we can share what we know, project participant Jukka adding that a similar was launching in Denmark.

We’re hoping to create a movement.

Electric cars struggled to shake off a quirky with tiny sales of fantastical vehicles at prohibitive or economy-sized golf carts limited range.

But because are charged from the power and make more efficient use of they produce fewer and are seen as a promising clean-air to petrol-powered vehicles.

When it to promises, auto-makers are keen to on mounting consumer concern high gasoline prices is prompting trade-ins of gas-guzzling

Chrysler LLC was one of the latest to say it plans to all-electric vehicles in the next to five years.

General Motors is rushing to the design of its Chevy Volt, is a plug-in hybrid, Mitsubishi plans to launch its electric car i-MiEV in Japan in 2009, and in Daimler’s electric Smart and models are touted for 2010.

But the group offers an outlet for who have so far been disappointed by the car Some experts say it will take 5-10 years for to petrol-fuelled cars to take given the capacity challenge for an industry that is adding 65 new cars a year to a fleet of 1


The group is small. It has identified demand for than 500 electric conversions in and its Web site aims to begin potential buyers to sellers of used cars and components, and who can make the conversion with an motor and lithium batteries.

Its first conversion model be a Toyota Corolla — it to produce a few dozen finished this year — it says would have a of 150 kilometers per charge and a top speed of 120

This compares with specialist car producer Think’s City, which travels up to 180 with a top speed of 100 km/h.

The expects the used car and mechanics’ in total to cost roughly euros ($38,000), close to the of a new Corolla in Finland, and will the conversions using commercially components.

On the forum, participants ideas to the site’s discussion and email lists, the best of the non-profit community will put use.

The community believes 500 would be sufficient for mass Think plans a batch of electric cars next at 20,000 euros each.

Its experts are volunteers who negotiate for the components and car conversions. End-users pay for the car, the component costs and the

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We are not trying to jealously build any of corporation out of this, Jarvinen This kind of an unorganized that grows in small across the world cannot be out.


The old common of electric cars — batteries with a limited — has mostly been with lithium battery although limits to the range

Infrastructure for power is a hurdle: are few public spots where one can an electric car in Finland, but they can be charged at home.

Renault and have signed a deal Portugal to make the country one of the to offer consumers the possibility of electric car charging stations. The two have also said will mass-market electric in Israel and Denmark in 2011.

The e-group’s intentions are good, researcher Juhani Laurikko of the Research Centre of Finland, but are not yet approaching the issue in a sustainable

Frankly, there is not much here, but these are moves in the direction. Converting petrol-fuelled that are only a few years old is a of natural resources, he said.

I rather see conversions done on cars older than 10 with older petrol-engine

The community says it is best for the car’s image to start new cars rather than models.

Finland’s Vehicle said the community’s cars be admitted to the roads in Finland.

They may well be admitted, as as they fulfill the legally set said Erik Asplund, officer at the vehicle inspection There are a few of these criteria but nothing that couldn’t be

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