Calera man going gasless

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

CALERA, Okla. -- Imagine driving thirty miles and paying only a dollar! It may seem like a dream, but it's a reality for a Calera man who recently built an electric car.

Electric cars aren't a new concept; the first one was introduced in the late 1800’s, but a Calera man is using an old technology in a new way.

Mike Barkley says he read about electric cars online and bought a 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse for $200. He says he began converting the car to full electricity about four months ago.

In his spare time, the car runs off of 13 golf cart batteries and takes about six hours to fully charge.

Once charged, it will run between 30 and 50 miles before having to plug in again.

Barkley says the entire car cost about $2,000 to build, and since each charge costs about one dollar, he says it's a worthwhile investment.

"It’s very easy to do. I’m not a mechanic, I’m a computer tech by trade, and if I can do it anyone can do it."

There are several website online if you're interested in electric cars. They’re listed below.

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  • by Bruce Location: Erie PA on Jul 7, 2007 at 03:53 AM
    If you live Thirty - Fifty miles to work, you live too far away, and the reason America is a GAS HOG. This is a city car and does the job beautifully.
  • by Jeff Michaud Location: New Hampshire on Jul 1, 2007 at 08:06 PM
    Can't beat the price! Read about this over at (a good starting point for more info about electric cars, commerical versions, ones you don't have to build yourself :)
  • by Karyn Location: Kingston on Jun 4, 2007 at 08:04 AM
    Sounds like this guy should either start a car business - or give lessons. Being able to drive 30- 50 miles would get most of us to work
  • by Laura on Jun 4, 2007 at 04:21 AM
    GREAT IDEA! Though only 30-50 miles is not far. It would just barely get me to work but I can some definate advantages if you live in town. Great job Mr. Barkley. If it could get me across the state . . .I would certainly look into it!
  • by Donna on Jun 2, 2007 at 11:26 AM
    Smart! I need one of those cars!
  • by Mr. X Location: U. S. on Jun 1, 2007 at 07:48 PM
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