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Old 05-07-2008, 01:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Hello -

I can't see the YouTube from where I am, so I might be posting the same :

A Jolt For Your Wallet?
http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/18510999.html
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They call it a glorified golf cart.

"The motor runs off 18 batteries."

An electric car that could give your wallet a jolt.

"This is a huge, huge money saver for people."

Tom Nicholls has partnered with a manufacturing company to create an all-electric car that costs just 3 cents a mile to run. Compare that to nearly 20 cents a mile with gas and you've got some extra cash.

So far, mechanics have put 500 man hours into converting a 1995 Saturn into an all electric ride. They've already bought a few more older cars, hoping interest will peak. ...
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Video: Michigan Company Converts a '95 Saturn SL1 into an Electric Car
http://www.saturnfans.com/cars/s-ser...1-electric-car

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Old 05-07-2008, 01:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I wish they would include the cost of the batteries in the cost per mile.
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Me too. It's likely to be still less expensive than gas in a conversion like this, but still.
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all-electric car that costs just 3 cents a mile to run. Compare that to nearly 20 cents a mile with gas
More fudging!

20 cents per mile at $3.50/gallon = 17.5 mpg

They should at least compare apples to apples. IE - what was the cost per mile of the gas version of the Saturn they converted! The only way one of those could get 17.5 mpg is if you were driving around with the parking brake on.
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Deep-cycle batteries typically get 750 - 1000 charges before they die. That would probably mean replacement of all batteries every 2 to 3 years.
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I would remove the roof rack.. and maybe get some cleaner rims..

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