I was recently asked by a friend to give them some information on how they could convert their car to a more fuel efficient vehicle or if I’ve seen anyone that has done something like this before.
So here was my response…
I’m not sure what your situation is or what you really want to do, but this is my opinion… to Convert you car from a regular gas car to a hybrid or an electric car is either going to cost you a LOT of money or you will have to know someone that is REALLY good with cars… If you are looking for a cheap way to get a fuel efficient car there are lots of alternatives. Diesel power is a great option and you can pick up a used diesel VW at a decent price. Another is simply smaller displacement engines. There are 1.6 L and 1.8 L engines out there that will get you over 35mpg. Also you don’t have to sacrifice engine size if you find a care with a good option of a 6 speed gear box. For instance a Corvette with a big V8 and a 6 speed gear box can get better MPG than a hybrid Prius. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtPwnsyGTxw)
There are also ways to convert a diesel car to run on vegetable oil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QegyXo5u9uI) another nice alternative…
So what I’m trying to say is really find out what you are wanting from your car, fuel wise and image wise, and go from there.
This guy converted his Ford Escort ZX2 into an electric car, he has video and all on his carDomain
here is another one, though not as detailed about converting ordinary gas car to electric…
here is a site talking about converting gas cars to hybrids
here is a company from Houston Texas working on a hydrogen/gas hybrid where all you have to do is put water into a tank and it converts to hydrogen in your intake manifold… really cool
Hope this helped :)