By Alysha Webb ·
January 03, 2014

Plug-In Evangelist Hopes to Sell the World on His Inexpensive DIY EV

Gary Krysztopik is trying to is create a foundation for a do-it-yourself electric vehicle. He’s not talking about converting internal combustion engine cars into EVs either. Krysztopik aims to convince others to get into the business of manufacturing a simple EV which he will be honing the design of while roving the U.S. in the RV.

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By Steven Shrinkle ·
August 16, 2013

The Fastest Coast-to-Coast Crossing of the US in an Electric Vehicle: The M-BEAM Challenge

In April 2014, a team of eight sleep-deprived electric vehicle enthusiasts and engineers are expected to complete the fastest coast-to-coast crossing of the United States in an electric vehicle.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 03, 2013

GM's EV1 Lives On, With EV2 on the Way

Maybe 40 EV1s were saved and sent to universities. G.M. disabled them, but a few are driving again. Meanwhile, electric drag racer John Wayland is building an EV2, a Honda Insight with the heart (and soul) of an EV1.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
February 05, 2013

Amp Sees Gold in Government Subsidized Electric Step Vans

With rebates reaching $60,000 in California, New York and the city of Chicago, the Cleveland-based company plans to build 1,000 zero emission conversions in the next year.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
January 14, 2013

Lotus Esprit Converted to Electric by High Schoolers, Driven Cross-Country

A cross-country drive in a Lotus Esprit, especially one that was showroom fresh when Jimmy Carter was still president, is a commendable achievement, given the British sports car’s reputation for mechanical fragility. That didn’t deter a group of high school students from Kansas City from using a 36-year-old Esprit as the base for an electric vehicle conversion that was driven from California to Florida.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
May 12, 2011

EVs for Iceland: Thanks to Ultra-Cheap Electricity, It's a "No Brainer"

Iceland is moving forward with an EV plan led by Northern Lights Energy in partnership with U.S.-based Amp Electric Vehicles. With a tiny population concentrated in Reykjavik, it's a perfect candidate for the world's first electric transportation network.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 19, 2009

California Regulators Could Kill Plug-in Hybrid Conversions

While major carmakers have dragged their heels on delivering the next big breakthrough on fuel efficiency, the plug-in hybrid, a small group of California entrepreneurs and innovators have made it possible for consumers to convert existing hybrids into plug-in cars running mostly on electricity. Yet, later this week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is expected to adopt new regulations that could put many of those conversion companies out of business.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 11, 2008

CARB Rules May Pull Plug on Plug-in Conversions

In recent years, the State of California has become the unofficial capital of plug-in hybrid technology. But proposed certification standards from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) could create an obstacle for small companies selling plug-in hybrid conversion kits.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 31, 2008

Converting Standard Cars to Plug-in Hybrids? Unlikely.

Last week, former Intel CEO Andy Grove called for a massive effort to put 10 million plug-in hybrids on the roads in the next four years. His plan is simple: Harness the ingenuity of America’s entrepreneurs to convert a sizable chunk of America’s existing non-hybrid gas guzzlers to plug-in hybrids. Groves comments illustrated how an expert in one industry can reveal himself as a novice in another.

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By John Voelcker ·
June 30, 2008

Don't Try This at Home Kids?

A sobering reminder of the hazards in adding plug-in capabilities to hybrids comes from reports that a plug-in Prius conversion was destroyed in a fire. The news spread quickly through the online community of plug-in enthusiasts, bringing calls for all known information to be publicized as quickly as possible.

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