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Autotrader Find: Geo Prizm Converted to Electric Power

What you see here is a 1994 Geo Prizm listed for sale at $9,000. This may seem excessive, but the vehicle in this ad is no ordinary Geo Prizm. It’s a Geo Prizm that’s been converted to run on full electric power. It’s the Tesla Model S of the Geo world.

According to the ad, this Geo Prizm was converted to electric power by a company called U.S. Electricar, whose decal on the rear window optimistically states that "The solution comes up every morning." The ad notes that the electric Prizm drives like a regular Geo Prizm, except that the normal 4-cylinder engine has been removed to install an electric motor. The result is about 50 miles of range using lead acid batteries, though the ad says a lithium ion battery pack would improve that figure. The ad also notes the car "was operational but is now parked," further stating that a "new battery pack might be needed."

Regardless of needs, this car is surely interesting — and it’s likely the lowest-mileage 1994 Geo Prizm in existence, having covered just 9,130 miles from new. The Carfax report shows prior owners in Miami and Arizona, before eventually settling (not surprisingly) in California. That’s where it’s for sale now, with a private seller in San Diego and with the all-important California carpool lane permits affixed to the bumper — allowing the next owner to travel solo in the HOV lane in many places in California. Find a Geo Prizm for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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  1. You’ll find that most EVs (Teslas excluded) have incredibly low mileage for their age, mostly because it’s difficult to drive these 50-80 mile range vehicles more than 1,000 miles per year. 

    • Tesla’s don’t usually have particularly high miles either, because they spend so much time off the road being fixed.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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