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    Official: Echo Automotive will put EchoDrive PHEV powertrain into GM vans

    Echo Automotive is adding General Motors vans to its offerings of converted plug-in hybrid vehicles and will bring its EchoDrive PHEV system to GM 2500 and 3500 vans. That will include model year 2010-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, but don't go trying to get these vehicles converted quite ...

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    eBay find: Global Union EV prototype could use some TLC

    "She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid." That classic line from Star Wars, entered the popular culture lexicon just about the same time as this quirky electric car we recently found on eBay. Based on a 1977-ish Endura (possibly) this one may have been originally ...

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    Read This: EZ EV will be a DIY electric vehicle you can build in a week

    Anyone thinking that the era of converting gas-engined cars to electric power is over should pay attention. Gary Krysztopik has been working on converting ICEs to EVs for years recently told Plug In Cars that, when people ask about conversions now, "I tell people to go out and buy a Leaf." But ...

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    Official: These kits turn your Prius into an emergency generator

    Homeowners up and down the East Coast have bought a lot of hybrid converters, devices that turn their Toyota Prius into an emergency generator. In fact, ConVerdant Vehicles, LLC, which offers so-called Plug-Out Kits, sold out after Hurricane Sandy caused blackouts in upper Northeast, said owner ...

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    Video: MindDrive goes cross-country with at-risk youth in all-electric Lotus Esprit

    MindDrive is asking for crowdfunding to get a film produced about at-risk youth driving a converted electric car coast to coast. MindDrive, a nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, MO, works with at-risk high school students in an experiential hands-on way – through building an ...

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    Smith Electric Vehicles will build big electric trucks in Chicago

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Smith Electric Vehicles are working together to create an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago. Smith Electric Vehicles was drawn to the city by the mayor's voucher system designed to accelerate conversion from diesel to zero-emission electric ...

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    Electric vehicle converters petitioning White House for federal tax incentives

    Why is it that you can get a $7,500 federal tax credit on your electric vehicle manufactured by a major automaker, but not on your converted EV or plug-in hybrid? EV conversion activists are wondering the same thing, and are looking for supporters to add their names to a petition that asks to ...

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    Official: Amp delivers first all-electric heavy-duty truck conversion to Navistar

    Earlier this summer, Amp Motors delivered an electric delivery truck to FedEx, but that's not the only large vehicle that the Cincinnati-based conversion company has been working on. Today, Amp said it has delivered its first heavy-duty step van to Navistar, as part of a previously announced ...

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    Report: Ford GT40 replica gets juiced with electric conversion

    Hey, it certainly looks cooler than a Mitsubishi i. Once destined for the scrap heap, a 1968 Fiberfab Valkyrie fiberglass replica of an old Ford GT40 was purchased off of eBay by Andrew McClary. He then spent the past two years updating the kit with an electric powertrain. McClary stuffed the ...

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    Report: Carnegie Mellon project offers EV conversions ... for $24,000

    Let's just say this one's for both the environmentally conscious and the nostalgic. That's apparently the target audience for the ChargeCar project launched by Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, which helps convert old Honda Civics to electric vehicles, according to the Mother Nature ...

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    New kit makes converting your Miata to electric power easier than ever

    If you want a drop-top electric two seater and you have $100,000 burning a hole in your very high quality wallet, you can stop at on your local Tesla dealer to find satisfaction (if you hurry). However, finding an inexpensive convertible EV can be an issue – unless your plans include a ...

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    Geek Group to electrify Lotus Esprit, you can help [w/VIDEO]

    The Geek Group – a self-described non-profit organization focused on science, technology, engineering, math, and arts education – has decided to take on the task of making a Lotus Esprit, vintage 1997, run on electricity instead of gasoline. Those familiar with the group, perhaps ...

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    Video: Finnish politician converts 1987 El Camino to run on wood gas

    A Finnish politician by the name of Juha Sipila has converted his U.S.-built 1987 Chevrolet El Camino to run on wood gas, and we have an El Camino to rival Daryl Hannah's old biodiesel ride. Sipila's El Camino, dubbed El Kamina (The Stove), features a wood gas setup – similar to the ones ...

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    EPA streamlines alt-fuel conversions with amended regulations

    With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tweaking its rules for alternative fuel conversions for vehicles, it's time for do-it-yourselfers to rejoice. Previously, the EPA's rules for alt-fuel conversions made it difficult to convert older vehicles. However, changes made to the Agency's ...

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    XL Hybrids converts Lincoln Town Car to reduce costs and fuel use

    The commonly black Lincoln Town Car is turning green over at XL Hybrids, a Somerville, MA start-up. The company converts the car to hybrid power, adding an electric motor that allows for a 15-30 percent reduction in fuel consumption while providing an additional 20 horsepower. Although conversion ...

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    EVTV Smart Fortwo conversion to outdo Daimler for under $25,000

    The EVTV team has recently finished electrifying their sweet '57 Porsche 356A Speedster replica and will soon be sending it off to their "roller" supplier, Special Editions Inc., for further testing and inspection. With that project in the can, they are ready to try something new. The projects ...

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    Largest bus dealership in U.S. opens second alt-fuel conversion facility in Indiana

    California-based Creative Bus Sales, the largest commercial bus dealership in the U.S., has officially opened the doors of its 30,000-square-foot alternative fuel conversion facility in Elkhart, IN. The facility will perform the necessary tasks to convert gasoline-powered buses, trucks and vans to ...

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    Video: Green Overdrive presents insanely expensive home-brewed eco rides

    DIY Eco Rides on Green Overdrive – Click above to watch video after the jump
    Home-brewed concoctions run the gamut from spectacular to downright disgusting and no, we aren't talking about beer. Though we'd be happy to talk about our favorite brew for a minute or two, let's get to the ...

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    Start-up company Alte converts fleet vehicles to plug-in hybrids, 50,000 mile warranty included

    With 10.2 million fleet vehicles in use in the U.S., innovative start-up company Alte saw a market opportunity to develop a plug-in hybrid conversion that would transform the nation's inefficient vehicles into the fleet of the future. The company, founded less than two short years ago, hopes to ...

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    Zap gets USPS contract to convert mail truck to electric power

    News from Zap's California headquarters has been quiet of late, with not much more than a few tidbits about a possible electric SUV and more orders for the Zaptruck reaching our screens. This week, though, we heard about a new possibility for Zap's electric vehicles (EVs) to hit the road: this ...


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