The converted cars will be powered by two electric motors and a powerful LI-Ion-Phosphate battery, enabling a top speed of 90mph and 0-60mph acceleration in less than 6 seconds, with a range of around 150 miles on a single charge.
According to AMP CEO Jack Kuntz, a prototype model will be completed in about a month, with an initial production run of 300 units.
The AMP Saturn Sky will be available for around $50,000, which includes the cost of the car and the electric conversion. If you already own a Saturn Sky, AMP will convert any 2007 model or later for $25,000. AMP asserts that the conversion will cost around $0.04 per mile to run, compared with the $0.54 a mile that the American Automobile Association reckons it costs to operate a conventional car. I estimate that in terms of pay-back, this means that a user could recoup the $25,000 conversion cost after driving around 50,000 miles.
According to Kuntz, “This is a commuter car, not a car you’d drive to
Almost all of the big car makers have announced plans to offer some form of electric or gas-electric hybrid vehicle over the next two or three years. If that seems like too long a wait, you might be interested to hear that these conversions will be available from early next year. There’s only one major catch, the cars will only be available in a 200 mile radius around Cincinnati...If you just can’t stand it and want your electric car, you could always DIY it.
However, if AMP can prove that this is a business model that works, I don’t see any reason why similar schemes couldn’t be rolled out across the country?
written by Joanna, June 12, 2008
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