Dave Cloud's 214 MPG Geo Metro (aka The Dolphin)


Photo credit via Ecomodder.

It's a little old 1997 Geo Metro that's been retrofitted into an streamlined electric car with impressive performance. It can haul two adults a distance of 321 kilometres (200 miles) at a speed of up to 115 kph (72 mph) on a single charge of its battery bank. All for the lowly conversion cost of a mere $3,000 USD. Ecomodder reckons it gets equivalent to a jaw-dropping 214 miles per gallon (MPGe).As with all things that sound too good to be true, there are some caveats. According to Benjamin Jones report on Ecomodder, Dave Cloud designed his car to accomplish some specific goals, which mostly revolved around highway driving, to meet an electric vehicle distance challenge.

It's extra long aerodynamic profile, and hefty weight of 1,454 kg (3,200 lbs) make it less than suitable for low speed, short distance urban driving that the majority of folks own a car for. Oh, and the low price for the modification needs to considered against the year it took to complete.


Photo credit via Ecomodder

That's not to say that some of Dave Cloud's development couldn't find its way into more city oriented electric vehicles, as he has a long history in electric car conversions. He first appeared on TreeHugger's radar way back in 2007 when he worked for the electric modification company, NetGain.

But, of course, cycling and public transport would be our preferred options for short distance urban travel, anyhow. So maybe Dave's electrical vehicle engineering prowess as demonstrated in the Dolphin, could be reserved for long haul, intercity travel, not otherwise served by buses and trains.

You can find more specifications on Dave Cloud's car, which he has christened the Dolphin at Electric Vehicle Album, but don't forget to check out the Ecomodder article as well, especially as they have about 20 more photos of the Dolphin and related interviews with Dave Cloud.

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