Is this for real?
The self-described computer geek from Kennedale bought the 1993 Eagle Talon from a junkyard for just $750.
“First thing I did when I got the car home was pull the engine out,” Murray said.
He then spent about $4,000 more to convert the gas-guzzler to run on electricity alone, doing all the work himself in his garage at home.
“I bought the electric motor and I was like well, I gotta figure out a way to couple it together with the original transmission,’ he said.
The car can hit 55 mph, driving right past the high prices at gas stations.
“I hear people complain about them at work all the time. I just grin,” he said.
Murray spends just $7 per month on electricity to charge the batteries — enough to go about 300 miles.
I’ve been thinking for a while that the key to making oil-free/oil-low cars practical is the cheap conversion of old vehicles into new renewable-energy powered cars. It’s just not practical for everyone to have to throw away all the old cars on the road. (I wasn’t surprised to read that buying a fuel efficient used car is more environmentally friendly than buying a new hybrid.) It looks like this guy might have found the beginnings of a solution.
Update: He has much more information, including an updated cost ($6,456.92) and schematics on his website.