Video: Michigan Company Converts a '95 Saturn SL1 into an Electric Car

WILX News Channel 10 reports in this video segment about a Michigan company that is going into business converting used economy cars into electric vehicles. A gold Saturn was shown in the linked clip and others were flashed on the screen as future upcoming conversions. "This model will run anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000," said the station, "but it can be cheaper if you bring in your own car."

They call it a glorified golf cart. "The motor runs off 18 batteries." An electric car that could give your wallet a jolt. "This is a huge, huge money saver for people." Tom Nicholls has partnered with a manufacturing company to create an all-electric car that costs just 3 cents a mile to run. Compare that to nearly 20 cents a mile with gas and you've got some extra cash. So far, mechanics have put 500 man hours into converting a 1995 Saturn into an all electric ride. They've already bought a few more older cars, hoping interest will peak. The car uses no gas, emits no pollution, and it's pretty quiet.

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1991 Vehicle Specifications

Shown above are the body, suspension, and chassis specifications for Saturn's 1991 sedans (SL, SL1, SL2) and coupe (SC). They were all built off of Saturn's so-called "Z" platform, which was essentially a compact front-wheel-drive steel spaceframe chassis.