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Converted Peugeot Offers Way Around Economic Blockade

Palestinian engineers say it only costs $1.50 per fill-up. Israel is also going electric with hundreds of charging stations to be installed nationwide. Pictured is Fayez Anan with converted Peugeot. Photo Credit: Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Published: 14-Jul-2008

GAZA CITY, GAZA -- While gas prices of $4 per gallon may feel steep to Americans, Palestinian drivers in the Gaza Strip have faced highs of $50 per gallon.

“The people here cannot afford that kind of money, especially now,” says Waseem Khazendar, who along with Fayaz Anan has tackled the problem by building an electric car. Their prototype – a Peugeot that runs for 110 miles on a single charge from a standard electrical outlet – costs just $1.50 a charge, Mr. Anan says. “We are trying to help everyone here get through a difficult period.”

A year-long economic blockade by Israel has created shortages of everything from gasoline to food in Gaza.

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