Lucas Laborde, a 17 year old from San Antonio, Texas doesn’t need a Prius or a Chevy Volt to avoid the gas pumps, he built his own electric car – for about $10 grand.
Luke’s electric car is based on the kit car model Bradley GT II, which his father bought on eBay for $5000. The conversion parts and batteries cost another $5700, and the rest cost Luke about 150 hours in the garage. He crammed eight 80 pound traditional lead-acid batteries in the space where the fuel tank used to be, and a few other “creative locations.”
The finished car can go 40 miles between charges, and has a top speed of 45 mph. Unfortunately, because of the weight of the batteries, the car’s fiberglass body is twisted slightly, causing the gull-wing doors to be misaligned.