Floridians Fashion Own Electric Cars, One At a Time

RebirthAuto sells $7,000 kit to convert original VW Beetles to electric drive.

Published: 16-Dec-2008

Cornelius Cronin bought a US$900 Chevy S-10 pickup and spent several weeks removing things he didn't like - mainly its dirty, gas-guzzling engine.

Jeff Jenkins and Sebastien Bourgeois converted a VW Beetle into an electric car. They also sell kits so others can do the same.
He fitted an electric motor and batteries under the hood, and now purrs around Oldsmar, Fla. in a red truck that uses no gas and emits no air pollution.

A documentary film asked: Who killed the electric car? Maybe a better question is: Who built the electric car? At a time when the federal government is investing in hydrogen fuel cell research, and big automakers are working on more sophisticated hybrids, a growing number of creative tinkerers and small businesses around the Tampa Bay area are taking a different tack.

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