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Classic VW Bug Goes Electric

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A California man has become the state’s self-appointed expert for converting classic Volkswagen Beetles into snazzy-looking electric cars. David Bernardo specializes in models that came off the assembly line between 1958 and 1966. After removing the original motors and substituting electric ones, he places battery packs in two separate locations on each vehicle. To retain [...]

Saab Again ‘Ready for Prime Time’

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A spokesperson for National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) says that the company will soon begin production of Saab 9-3 electric and gasoline models at the former Saab plant in Trollhatten. An exact date has not been set due to various supply and logistical questions that are still being addressed. The 9-3 will be redesigned significantly [...]

CNG Add-On Makes Any Car a Hybrid

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International consulting firm Carlab has developed a unique compressed natural gas system that can be fitted onto virtually any car and not disturb the existing drivetrain design. Without significantly adding to a car’s cost, Carlab engineers can now fit a four-gallon CNG tank inside a vehicle’s spare tire well, adding about 65 miles of range. [...]

Used Car Reality Show in the Works

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With the used car market heating up month after month, and used car sales setting records, it was only a matter of time before a sharp-eyed television producer decided to make a reality show about previously owned vehicles. Detroit’s Victory Motors dealership is the focal point of a new program that is currently being pitched [...]

Meineke to Offer Hybrid Conversions

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Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. and Echo Automotive Inc. have signed an agreement whereby Meineke will offer nationwide service for Echo’s fleet conversion platform, which turns combustion vehicles into plug-in hybrids. Echo’s chairman and president, Jason Plotke, pointed out that Meineke’s national reputation and geographic coverage will be a catalyst for the introduction of the [...]

Hybrid Conversion Kit Works on Any Car

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A college instructor has developed a kit for turning any car into a hybrid-electric vehicle. Engineering professor Charles Perry of Middle Tennessee State University is currently looking into funding the venture, with an eye on converting an entire fleet of cars as a large-scale test. Conversion: Video For a look at another type of conversion, [...]

Super Cool Electric Car Conversion: 1937 Jaguar

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Neither a micro-van nor a hobby car, the classic 1937 Jaguar that is the subject of the short video below might just be the sleekest EV conversion around, complete with glass-encased battery packs and other unique extras. North Valley Systems LLC, a Montana-based conversion specialty company, created the 25 KW custom ride that tops out [...]

DeLorean ‘Back to the Future’ Car Back in the News

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The DeLorean is back, but not to the future. The car, and its original driver, Christopher Lloyd, will appear in an upcoming episode of TV series Raising Hope, set to air on Jan. 8. In reality, the re-booted DeLorean Motor Company, now based in Texas, will be producing an electric version of the cult classic [...]

San Diego Auto Show Bigger Than Ever

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The San Diego International Auto Show, which closed its doors at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30, had another year of record attendance and large crowds, especially in the Think Blue Eco-Center, where green vehicles and technological wizardry were on display. The Center offered up hydrogen fuel-cell cars, as well as a diverse array of hybrids [...]

Indianapolis City Fleet Going Green

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Indianapolis city officials this week announced that all new, non-police vehicle purchases will be electric, hybrid, or natural gas powered. In an effort to reduce U.S. dependence on oil, and to reduce carbon emissions, the city hopes to have an entirely alt-fuel fleet by the year 2025. Eventually the city hopes to include police and [...]

Tom Cruise Car to Auction Block

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If you are a regular visitor to this site, you know that we at MyPerfectAutomobile are always in search of the perfect car for an electric conversion. While the 1949 Buick Roadmaster that Tom Cruise drove in the film ‘Rain Man’ might be a bit large for an efficient EV conversion, it never hurts to [...]

Electric Car Conversions All the Rage

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Custom electric cars are popping up everywhere these days, and one of the leaders of the movement (and a movement it is, make no mistake) is Andrew McClary, founder of High Voltage Hot Rods, Inc. Andrew built the EVGT-40, a replica that was inspired by the GT-40. A believer in the future of “cool, fast [...]

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