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paul wheaton
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I have a friend that is seriously thinking of doing an electric car conversion. 

Does anybody know of any services in the Seattle area that do that sort of thing?
 
MJ Solaro
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I know of a bunch of places in California that do this on a large scale, but none up here.

It might be worth checking with SEVA (Seattle electric vehicle Association) to see if they know anybody who'll take on those kinds of projects locally. Their conversion page on their website has a few links to local people who have performed conversions, but they all seem to be one-offs.

http://www.seattleeva.org/wiki/Conversions
 
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Hey Paul,

I found out that South Seattle Community College is doing a 6-day workshop this summer on converting your car to electric. And some lucky student will have their car converted during the course of the workshop. The $800 sign-up fee is stiff, but it looks like it might be worth it.

Looking for an intense, but awesome summer project that will be fun and good for the Earth? Want to be the envy of all of your eco-friends? Look no further.

Starting June 16th, South Seattle Community College is offering a 6-day workshop that will give its students the knowledge necessary to convert any car to an electric one.

Mornings will be spent with the book learning. In the afternoons, some lucky student's donor car will have the opportunity to be worked-on by the class.

The final vehicles are supposed to be pretty decent: 60mpg and capable of highway speeds.

If you're curious whether it's worth the cost, why not go to the free information session April 23rd to learn more about the 6 day course? Sign up for it at the South Seattle Community College website.
 
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