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Longview Man Builds Electric Car

With gasoline prices continuing to soar and no apparent relief in the future, one Longview man has come up with his own solution.  He built his own electric car.  It has a travel range of 35 miles on a trip and uses no gasoline.  Gordon Cooper, 41 wanted to economize, so he converted a 1992 Ford compact to electricity.

"As fuel has continuously gone up, it seems like every week, it's real economical especially now," said Cooper.  It runs on twelve, twelve volt spiral cell batteries and takes six to eight hours to charge.

"I can get anywhere from 50 to 70 miles an hour," said Cooper.  "I just put it in overdrive and go.  I think the car operates at least the same, or better than it did with the four cylinder gas engine that was in it."  A recent graduate of LeTourneau University, two years ago Cooper converted a truck to electricity, and was so successful he sold it, and started on an economy car.

"I get 30 to 35 miles on a charge, and it costs me about a dollar to charge it up," said Cooper.  While the rest of us toil at the pumps, Cooper passes us by.

"I go down the road and I see $3.69 for regular gas, yeah we don't need to stop there we can just keep going," said Cooper.  "I just pass the gas station up and wave."  Cooper says the conversion process costs around $5,000 to $7,000.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com


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