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Autotrader Find: 1997 Geo Metro Electric Conversion

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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3 COMMENTS

  1. You are correct that this wasn’t a home-made one, but, I can’t imagine they ended up making many of them.  A nearby college was doing a big thing on alternative fuel stuff, and the company that made these was in attendance. They actually let me “drive” one of these back when they were new!!  By drove, I mean that I was barely a teenager and moved it forward and backward a grand total of about 50 feet.  

  2. this is A LOT cheaper than you could do it yourself for…. unless its batteries are no good, then you will have to invest at least $5000 or more into batteries just to drive it.

  3. I live in SW Florida, and there is a guy locally who has been doing electric conversions to a variety of cars (I’ve seen a 914 and a Fiero) in his garage.  He claims to have really good results and decent range.  With all of the money and research going into EV’s these days, I’m surprised that no one has really been able to breach the ~300 mile range that much.

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