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How to Get Cheap Electric Cars

Updated on March 26, 2011

One of the major factors that keep people from buying electric-powered vehicles is the lack of available cheap electric cars. Indeed, the electric cars that are gaining popularity nowadays are those that will certainly break the bank before you can buy them. Even though these electric cars are advertised as something that will lessen your gasoline expenses, it would still require a lot of years before you can actually start saving because of the high purchase price of these cars. Do not worry though as you can still get cheap electric cars using different methods.

Electric conversion kits is one means to have cheap electric cars. Electric conversion kits can modify a traditional gas-powered car into a hybrid or electric car. There are a lot of ways that you can acquire cheap electric cars via electric conversion kits. For example, you can convert your own car if you think that you can manage to do so. When you modify your own car, you will need to spend $6,000 to $10,000 for parts and $1,200 for batteries, which means that you need to have at least $11,000.

You can definitely have your car modified by professionals as well, but you will need an additional $3,500 to $8,000  for the labor, depending on the complexity of the vehicle. Another method of getting cheap electric cars is through buying a converted electric car. These cars cost 20-30% less than the electric cars that are marketed by major car companies.

One more type of cheap electric cars that are not modified conventional cars are Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. These cars look very much like a souped up golf carts, complete with small wheels and open air design. They are street-legal and usually have a top speed of around 30 miles per hour. They commonly have a 2-seater design although there are some that can carry 4 and even 6 persons. They are intended for short-distance city driving like when you need to run errands or take your kid to school. You can purchase these cheap electric cars for as low as $6,500.

These are just a few methods on how you can obtain cheap electric cars. Keep your fingers crossed though, as more and more car companies are planning to make these kinds of cars which will definitely make their prices more budget-friendly in the near future.

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