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Local man builds electric car

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PASCO, Wash.—Gas is now over the $4.00 mark in several cities, and with the rising prices, many people are looking for alternatives.  KNDU discovered one man who changed his gas-fueled car into battery charged.

Philip Lynch tells KNDU he decided to turn his vehicle into an electric car because of the gas prices and as a new hobby.  The process took him about six months. 

Lynch says he rebuilt everything and now uses the car on a daily basis.  He says he can power up to 70mph and recharges the battery after driving for 40miles.

Lynch also says the work has been tough, because the Tri-Cities doesn't have a big electric car community.  The internet and calling up out-of-town mechanics were a big help, but it was mostly a lot of guess work.

"We have 24 lead acid batteries connected to a great big motor, a nine inch motor, and we have a five speed manual transmission, no clutch. We just use second and third gear," says Philip Lynch.

Electric cars are generally more expensive than gas cars, primarily because of the high cost of maintaining and replace the battery. 

Lynch says he hopes to build an electric car community.  If you are interested, contact him at Philip.lynch911@hotmail.com