’96 Chevy Corvette gets homemade electric conversion

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Electric cars are finally beginning to make their mark on the vehicle industry. More and more manufacturers are beginning to favor the electric motors to the traditional combustion engines and why, because environmental issues are now being taken into account more than ever by consumers.

Though it will be many years before we see only electric cars manufactured and many more before the roads are clear of the combustion engine vehicles completely, the revolution is certainly underway. We have recently brought you news of several electric vehicles including the Volvo C30 and the Audi e-tron, one of several tipped competitors for the Nissan Leaf.

Today we bring you news of an electric car with a difference. What makes this one so special is it was not manufactured as an electric vehicle, instead the owner decided it was time to convert his combustion engine car to run on electricity. Wayne Bickley owner of a ’96 Chevy Corvette had come to a conclusion that it was time to replace his old engine setup with a homemade six-speed transmission, a DC electric motor and a set of 18 XS Power Xp1000 batteries.

Apart from the obvious engine change, he kept the rest the same with its black sporty exterior. The converted Corvette is now capable of travelling 20 miles on electricity and can reach speeds of up to 85mph. as you can tell from the video featured in the article at AutoblogGreen; the sound of the car is also very different.

Chevrolet currently has plans for new Corvettes in the mix which are due for release over the next few years. The C7 Corvette is expected around 2014, we previously brought you news of how it will replace a Corvette which is expected in 2012. However neither of these models is to be electric.

If it’s electric supercars you are after check out the Jaguar C-X75 hybrid supercar which we previously brought you news about. It is set to go into production and providing you have around £700,000-£900,000 available in your funds you can own one in 2013.

What are your thoughts on electric and hybrid vehicles like these? Would you consider converting your current engine into an electric motor as Bikley did? Let us know in the comments below.

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