Montana Governor Schweitzer Checks out Converted Electric Pickup

Welch's truck travels about 50 miles per charge and costs about 50 cents a day to charge.

Published: 26-Jan-2008

BILLINGS - Governor Brian Schweitzer stopped by the KULR-8 studios Thursday, for a ride in a one of a kind vehicle.

KULR-8's Herb Welch's, self-built, electric pickup truck. The truck runs off of a power system made up of 20 batteries, located where an engine would normally be, and underneath a hydraulic powered bed truck bed.

Schweitzer credited Welch's ingenuity, saying it's just another example of energy security. He says if plug-in hybrids were available in this country; it would replace a lot of the countries dependency on imported oil.


The scooters top out at a 25mph speed, although the ones on loan to the Sheriff's Department are calibrated to travel no faster than 18mph.

Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.


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