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eBay Watch: 1997 Solectria Force, Geo-Based Electric Car

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Electric car conversions aren't for everyone, but for electric car fans who can't stretch to one of the latest models, they're a much cheaper option to get behind the wheel of an EV.

One such clean and cheap option, the 1997 Solectria Force, is currently sitting on eBay, with a few days remaining on the listing.

In 1997, Solectria Corporation of Wilmington, Massachusetts produced a run of 400 electric vehicles based on the Geo Metro.

The car was based on Metro 'gliders' straight from the factory, and fitted with a 3-phase AC electric motor and 13, 4-cell lithium-polymer batteries with around 11 kWh of capacity. Like the gasoline Metro, the Force is actually quite lightweight--only 2,300 pounds.

Top speed was quoted as 70 mph, and acceleration to 50 mph in a sprightly-sounding 9 seconds. Range was around 80 miles at a constant speed of around 45 mph, and the car features regenerative braking to eke out a few extra miles.

The eBay example has undergone a few changes, notably a new lithium-ion battery pack, which still delivers an 80-mile range.

Unlike many of the conversions of the time, the company didn't disappear overnight, and became Azure Dynamics--makers of the electric Ford Transit Connect. Unfortunately, that company filed for bankruptcy back in March.

The car is listed for $9,000 and finishes just before 9pm PDT on August 8. If you'd like more information on the car, the current owner has a page on EValbum.com.

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  1. Solectria is still alive and making inverters for solar PV systems.
     
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  2. Is it definitely the same company? My impression was that Solectria became Azure Dynamics, so perhaps the company split - one side becoming Azure and dealing with vehicles, the other doing tech?
     
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  3. As they say, it's complicated. It is true that they split, but actually share some common components.

    The reason I said they are still alive is that the founder, James Worden, and the name "Solectria" moved to the solar inverter company. He got tired of making hybrid Hummers for the military.
     
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  4. well thats good about Solectria and its true about parts on ebay they do have many parts off and on,but i am sad about people taken charging spots with gas going cars, I am waiting for self charging electric cars that are soon to hit the market ,i didn't believe it until i seen it with my own eyes , and this guy told me he's been trying to get a hold of Tesla CEO Elon Musk on this, maybe Elon is a none believer ? Its built in his garage he proved my eyes ,,,,,
     
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  5. In the mean time i am very happy with my electric car its like my cell phone with the new type batteries you charge it like your cell phone any time, my car is always on full,,,,
     
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  6. Looks like the owner couldn't sell it for the $9000 he had in mind.
     
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