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Welcome to the Electric Car Weblog. In addition to links, news, and tips about electric cars and other forms of alternative transportation we are publishing an on-line diary of our current EV project. Started in August 2005 the chronicle follows the conversion of a gas powered Ford Probe into an Electric Car.

You will find articles organized by categories, along with recent comments, along the right hand column of the website. If you are just getting started with the idea of converting a gas car to electric be sure to check out Your First Electric Car

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It's Red, Fred · 1 September 05

Checked out the Ford Probe EV candidate last night and it looks like an almost perfect car for the job. Body is in good shape, no rust (southern car most of its life), and even the tires are decent.

Paint is bleached out a bit and nicked in a number of places, will need to get it re-painted at some point. Passenger compartment is a little dinged up, but nothing that can’t be cleaned up or patched.

The mice in the trunk aren’t going to be happy when I get rid of their wheel-well housing…

I like the look of the car, sleek, with a lower drag coefficient (0.30) than the old Mazda 626 (0.36). Although I’m sure it’s nothing near the Probe prototype they made in 1983:

Ford’s Probe IV is a state-of-the-art experimental vehicle which boasts a Cd of only 0.15—about the same as an F-15 jet airplane.

Ford Probe V Concept Car

Or how about the 1985 Probe V with a Cd of 0.135! Here’s a little more history behind the Probe.

Barring the seller changing his mind, I should take delivery of the new EV by this weekend. Time to start clearing garage space, re-reading a few books and starting the painful task of trying to decide on batteries.

The real test lies in coming up with a good name for it. I just don’t like typing Ford Probe…it doesn’t roll off the fingers easily. It needs a clever name, something catchy, easy to type, that doesn’t remind you of alien abductions.

Comments 4
  1. — Mike Litscher    Nov 11, 2007 23:39 PM    #

    I just got the urge to do an EV, since my son had a ford probe at college this seeems to be destiny. Would you do a probe again?

  2. — Pat    Dec 04, 2007 22:48 PM    #

    Scary: the probe was going to be a mustang!

  3. — Tom Aldridge    Apr 10, 2008 22:12 PM    #

    So glad to find this site.Im also fixing to convert a probe..Im going to read on a bit..

  4. — denny lapierre    Jul 03, 2008 23:14 PM    #

    I am thinking of my old rx-7, plenty of room for batteries pretty light, fairly aerodynamic, any negatives you can think, of would be used by my wife for a daily commute 15 miles round trip