Oklahoma man builds electric truck

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

MARIETTA, OK--Many people are choosing to go green, and here's an Oklahoma man who's decided to, but in a more unique way. Here's a creation that cuts down on expenses, and contributes to a healthier environment.

"Gas, gas! Well you know the environment, you know, if you're going to go green, you know, you're going to go green. Obama says get it green you know? So this is part of the green stuff," said Foster.

Seventy-year-old Valdon Foster says he took a '99 model Chevrolet pick-up straight from the junk yard, gutted it, then transformed it into an all electric truck. He says he couldn't stop thinking about his project when he started it, and worked on it for more than 90 days in a row until it was finished. Foster says in the end all the cuts, scrapes, and sweat was all worth it.

"Three months, three months and I mean hard labor. I don't recommend it to everybody because it was really hard," Foster said.

Foster says the truck runs off of 24 batteries equaling to about 144 volts of power. He says it can reach up to 70 miles per hour, and drive about 100 miles with batteries fully charged. He says this truck can do several things a gas powered vehicle can't. Foster says friends and family thought he was crazy at first for spending so much time on his ruby red gem, but they aren't saying that now.

"While I was building them guys were kidding me about it. You know how they do, guys do, you know? And I said well that's alright, but this winter when I step into this thing I flip a switch on it and the heater will be instantly, it'll be electric," Foster said.

This isn't Foster's first creation. He says he's always had a love for cars. and has even built an electric bicycle.

Foster says according to the book he followed to build his electrifying machine only about 15,000 people in the world attempt to build a creation like this, and now he's one of them.

"Well I'm telling you I'm really satisfied with it. It's really, you're going to see it's really neat," Foster said.

Foster says he's always getting into a new project. He says next he may build an electric motorcycle, or who knows maybe even an electric plane.

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