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Teenager Builds Electric Car for $10K

Welcome to the innovation center of electric cars…San Antonio, Texas, where Lucas Laborde built an electric car he plans on driving to school for $10,000.  He spent over 150 hours this past summer working on the car converting the gas powered kit car to an all electric car.  The Bradley GT II was the lucky conversion car that is now powered by 8 eighty pound lead-acid batteries.

Lucas’ father, Ralph Laborde, funded the project and let his son use the space at his company, River City Hydraulics Inc.  Ralph bought the kit car on Ebay for $5,000 and then spent the rest on the electrical parts and batteries that would later power the vehicle.  The converted Bradley now has a top speed of 45 mph and has a lot of low-end torque which is expected for electric vehicles.

The car does have its quirks in that the gull wing doors don’t close properly due to the stress of the 80 pound batteries twisting the fiberglass body.  However, this is a truly great accomplishment in that it takes years and several millions of dollars for auto manufacturers to come up with a working prototype.

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