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Old 02-21-2007, 11:28 PM
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Very silly question.

Are there companies yet that will convert a gasoline-powered car to battery power? (deep-cycle ,,, Lithium-ion ,, Duracell AA's,,,, whatever).

Not interested in debating the larger issues,, technical problems,,, or whether it's worth it or not,,,,,, just wondering if anyone had any info. or links about companies already doing this.

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If you give me enough money, I'll start such a company tomorrow.

This pretty much defines your opportunities at this point.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:26 PM
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Ah well. You think someone will do this soon? Seems to me (from what the Tesla folks are always spouting) that the technology is good to go.

I'd certainly consider it for one of my w124's,,,, especially if the feds offer a decent tax incentive.

I reckon that the kind of person that would do this properly for an older Benz will be one of the nerds from this board anyway.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:58 PM
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There is no tax incentive for an electric car which ever had a conventional engine. It has to start out life as an electric car. You're out of luck on that angle.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:19 PM
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It's quite a bit of work. At the college we converted a Ford Ranger to battery power for a campus security vehicle. There was another guy that had a battery powered bmw 2002. Very cool. I'll see if I can put you in touch with anybody.

Hardest part would be sourcing the batteries for a good price, everything else is readily available.
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Old 02-23-2007, 01:23 AM
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There was another guy that had a battery powered bmw 2002.
Damn that's cool,,, I assume those were deep-cycle lead/acid type batteries?

I could live with a 150 miles-on-a-single-charge deal with my Cabriolet. I keep hearing phrases like 'torque monster' associated with battery-powered cars,,, I would like a big bag of that on my 300ce please.
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Old 02-23-2007, 02:59 PM
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This is not a very silly question. However, you will probably get better answers in the Open Discussion section, since this has nothing to do with tech support of Mercedes. Any way, there are lots of sites about making or buying electric cars. You can search google for "ev cars" or "electric cars". Here are a couple: www.evworld.com, www.evconvert.com

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Old 02-28-2007, 10:26 AM
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This is not a very silly question. However, you will probably get better answers in the Open Discussion section, since this has nothing to do with tech support of Mercedes. Any way, there are lots of sites about making or buying electric cars. You can search google for "ev cars" or "electric cars". Here are a couple: www.evworld.com, www.evconvert.com

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Thanks for those links Mike. Very interesting stuff,,, lots of DIY'ers out there doing conversions on smaller cars. Guess it will be a few years before a conversion will be viable for a whale like my 124.
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:48 AM
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Let's change silly to totally economically unfeasible and highly impractical.

The reasons are obvious.

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