Canadian Electric Vehicles Develops Battery-Conversion Kits

November 06, 2000 by Jeff Shepard

Canadian Electric Vehicles Ltd. (British Columbia, Canada) has developed two sets of easy-to-install kits, one that converts GM S-10 trucks to battery power and another that converts a variety of different cars, including Geo Metros, Chevy Sprints, Pontiac Fireflies and Suzuki Swifts, to battery power. Once converted, vehicles cost just pennies per kilometer to recharge, have a range of up to 50 miles and enjoy top speeds of 75mph. Two versions of the car kit, one basic and one deluxe, are being offered. The main differences between the two are in the power of the car and in the range.

Canadian Electric Vehicles has been converting vehicles to non-polluting battery power since 1990, and has seen a dramatic surge in public interest with the recent fuel-price increases.

The battery-conversion kit for cars is currently priced at around $5,750 plus freight. The GM S-10 conversion kit is a bit more costly, at $6,150, not including freight.