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Build your own electric car for $800 – DIY eco warrior


Greg Coleman has built an electric car for $800.00. We’re not exactly talking Tesla type functionality here, it’s an old Yugo that he’s converted, but the mere fact that an ordinary person can do this proves that there’s a lot of misinformation going around at the moment from the motor industry and beyond. Go Greg, go.

 I have driven the car home tonight for the first time. Road speed is about 35 mph because of the 5 HP motor. This will do as I drive a backroad with light traffic. I built the car so inexpensively that the complete conversion cost for materials is under $800.00. It cost me almost $350.00 just to legalize the car…title, license and a windshield. I bought everything off eBay and got all new motor, controller (alltrex) and potentiometer, for 1/3 of what others wanted. For batteries I went with 4 deep cycle from Farm & Fleet on sale for $46.99 each. I have my own machine shop so I made the adapter for $30. Then used a double roller chain with twin sprockets to connect the Baldor motor to the 5 speed trans and no clutch. The car weighed 1800 lbs before the conversion. Now it weighs 1640 lbs.

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  • An excellent step by step guide on how to build an electric car can be found at It is a part of the Electric Car Society.

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