This Electric Car Gives Power Back to the Grid

Willet Kempton's electric car costs $70,000, but he believes that in mass production it could cost only $5,000 more than a conventional Toyota Scion Xb.

Published: 04-Feb-2009

Willett Kempton drives an uncommon car.

The body is a Toyota Scion. The innards have been stripped of their "greasy parts," and replaced by massive batteries and other electrical components.

The resulting vehicle, developed by Kempton, a renewable-energy professor at the University of Delaware, can hit 95 miles an hour and go 120 miles before charging.


The scooters currently come in two models, 1000 and 1500 watts, and retail for NZ$2200 and NZ$2400 including GST. Photo courtesy of Scoop.

Piaggio Porter pictured at right has electric driving range of 7-120 km with a top speed of 60 km/hr.

New Alias electric three-wheeler will be marketed under Detroit Electric name.


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