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Autotrader Find: 1997 Geo Metro Electric Conversion

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author photo by Doug DeMuro March 2019

Although modern electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and the plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt are starting to get less expensive, they still haven't quite reached the levels of this car. This is a 1997 Geo Metro sedan that's been converted to electric power, and it's offered with just 49,000 miles for $2,995. It's the budget-priced electric car.

But the big question you probably have is: how did a Geo Metro sedan wind up as an electric car in the first place? According to this ad, the conversion was done by a company called Solectria, and it was done with the blessing of General Motors -- not by General Motors in the factory, but after the fact in a joint effort. I'm not sure if this is accurate, as it's difficult to find information on this more than 20 years later -- but it does appear this wasn't just a home-made EV conversion.

Although the ad doesn't mention how long this Metro's electric range is, it does note that the Metro will get up to 55 mph -- meaning it's not limited to low-speed use around town. The ad also notes the car comes with all requisite accessories, like a battery charger, cords, adapters and such.

It's an unusual car, and it's also a cheap car -- likely the cheapest way into an electric vehicle without doing a conversion yourself (and it might even be cheaper then!). If you're interested, this Metro is offered by Cobalt Cars in Doraville, Georgia, in the Atlanta area.

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