Colorado Springs Man Converts S10 Into Electric Pickup Truck

Figuring in the $1,800, Phillips spent for the batteries and the kilowatts used during the six hours needed to recharge the truck, he reckons his cost per mile is 12 cents on this $12,000 conversion, plus he can deduct 85 percent of the project from his state income tax.

Published: 03-Jun-2007

The dreamer in Mike Phillips took more than a decade to mull it over.

The engineer in Mike Phillips took just seven months to do it.

The result: “Sparky,” an electric-powered pickup, constructed on the bones of a dinosaur-sucking 1997 S-10 Chevrolet.


GM, which donated the now missing EV1 to the National Museum of American History, happens to be one of the Smithsonian Institution's biggest contributors, which seems a strange coincidence on the EVe of "Who Killed the Electric Car?".

Tesla Motors, a four-year-old Silicon Valley start-up, has raised $60 million and spent $25 million developing a two- seat Roadster that will sell for between $85,000 and $100,000.

There are so few green 'stars' at the British International Motor Show this year because there doesn't seem to be that much demand for them. Pictured is Axiam microcar similar to electric version debuted in London this week, along with Smart EV.


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