Local electric car enthusiasts aren’t waiting for big automakers or ubiquitous plug-in stations to start the gasless revolution.
Dave Peichel, an electrical engineer for Medtronic, drives a Geo Metro. And he couldn’t be prouder of it.
His is no ordinary little economy ride. Peichel converted it himself to run on 100 percent electricity.
Peichel is an officer of the 2 1/2-year-old Minnesota chapter of the Electric Automobile Association, a motley group of more than 60 area drivers who are charged up about the broader future of their passion — even as the financial distress of the big three U.S. automakers casts current plans for mass electric car rollouts in doubt.
“The advantage of hybrids and plug-ins is here to stay,” Peichel said. “If Detroit can’t deliver, Toyota and others will.”
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