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Hawaii’s Electric Car Conversions

is the second-largest of the Hawaiian islands, a population of about 145,000, concentrated in bustling little Get away from the sterile areas and you’re in farming with chickens running and cows grazing. It looks a bit the American Southwest, but with food and $4-per-gallon gasoline.

I’m in on vacation, but I don’t turn off my faculties. This is a very island, and I can see 30 megawatts of wind on the hillside. the start of what be a great alternative to expensive oil. I also note the on Maui of an outfit converting VW to run on biodiesel .

But only David Noon of EVs is converting vehicles to the electric that make a whole lot of for the Hawaiian islands. Noon, a recent transplant from and also the owner of Maui’s broadcast TV operation (complementing his radio station ), is just started on electric vehicles. my aim is for this to be my primary business,” said. He envisions shipping throughout the islands, since shipment is only $300 and else is building EVs.

In his suburban driveway, Noon has a Ranger XLT extended-range pickup newly welded-in battery When this is done for a who’s paying $17,000, it have 23 Optima marine and be capable of 100 mph with a 120-mile

Another customer is waiting for a Ranger, and a truly remarkable of other cars is also electrical transformation, from a to a 1950s Studebaker and a Hummer H2. Out Noon has a Porsche Boxster with advertising for his TV and radio That one, too, is to become an electric vehicle, as is a Boxster. (Porsche is experimenting electric Boxsters, too, so conversion makes eminent

Noon’s first EV conversions on were two Isuzus, a big Trooper and a Amiga. Both received DC motors and Curtis controllers, those reliable Optima batteries. Those were by a three-wheeled motorcycle, capable of to 60 in 3.5 seconds, and that one was snapped up by a before it was even done.

took me for a ride in his Gem neighborhood vehicle. pointing out its shortcomings as we The Gem is seriously battery-deficient, with three miles of range. “A golf cart offers range,” he said. There are of those parked at his place, because he services them.

Maui is a fairly small and it’s eco-minded. I’m typing in the shade of a whale-watching boat. And the are so windy, it could probably be in energy just from source.

But it’s really too, and Noon showed me a solar panel he made can provide 750 watts for about hours, using batteries to electricity generated during the

The ancient Hawaiians got to the islands Polynesia on wind power. so it appropriate to tap into that Thirty megawatts should 300 megawatts. And if you plug Maui’s EVs that wind power, a totally clean energy

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Jim Motavalli blogs the auto industry for the Mother Network.

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