One of the local weeklies had an article the other day about a guy has taken an old VW bug, and at the cost of about $3,000-5,000, converted it completely to electiric power. He used a kit from Wilderness Electric Vehicles in Provo, Utah. He says that he wants to get someone from DMV to inspect it so he can get it licensed. I think that will be a mistake. If I rebuild an old VW and cram a 350 Chevy small block in it, it's still a '72 VW (or whatever) and I don't need any new title or special permission or anything. By getting this recognized as an electric vehicle, I think he is just getting himself on a radar that he won't want to be on. There have been folks who ran their old diesels on used cooking oil who have been jammed up for evading fuel taxes. I can see this guy getting jerked around so much that he'll never get that bug on the road. If he'd just get it licensed as an antique car and be done with it, he'll stay off the radar. Of course, by getting a newspaper article done on it, he's already broken OpSec. That Wilderness Electric group has several rigs for sale. If you buy one, keep it out of the local paper, but I'd love to write about your story on here (with full OpSec anonymity of course).
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