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Buy electric vehicles

Matt Berger Nov 27, 2010

It’s cool that cars can burn clean solar or wind power instead of dirty fossil fuels. And they are super fun!

The street-legal electric car of the future is not coming from Japan or Detroit – but from your neighbor’s garage. If you have minimal mechanical skills, you can do your own gasoline-to-electric makeover for a mere $7,000, acquiring an automobile that has zero emissions, yet still boasts enough torque to burn rubber. For even less than that, we’ve converted a Fiat to street-legal electric at a total cost of $5,000 for car and conversion. It has 12 batteries and cruises at 65 mph for a range of 40 miles.

If you’re looking to hit the road with solar energy, check out this solar-powered road warrior DIY project. Or you can run a mini electric “punk bike” faster (and funnier) by powering it with a big, bad cordless drill.

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