Business up For Electric Car Conversions

By: AP
By: AP

WALTON, Kan. (AP) _ Times are tough for big automakers trying to stay afloat in a cantankerous economy, but Wayne Alexander has his hands full keeping up with demand for his cars.

The 63-year-old converts gas-powered vehicles to all-electric systems in his garage in the south-central Kansas town of Walton.

While the economy tanks, new car sales drop and major automakers tinker with their plans to mass produce electric cars, the market for electric vehicle conversions has shown signs of growth.

The Electric Drive Transportation Association says about 70,000 of the 240 million vehicles on U.S. roads are electric. That number is up from 56,000 in 2005.

Several automakers have announced plans for electric cars. But those plans have been delayed thanks in part to the tight credit market and the troubled economy.
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