Joe Weiss' Electric Ranger Conversion Puts End to His Oil Dependency

Weiss and his father replaced the truck's engine with 24 batteries. The cost of the project was about $10,000.

Published: 06-Oct-2008

DICKINSON -- Joe Weiss doesn't have to worry about his truck running out of gas on the highway.

But he does have to remember to plug it in.

Weiss, 24, of Dickinson, recently finished converting his 1993 Ford Ranger into an electric vehicle. Every day, he drives it back and forth to Cortland, where he works as an engineer for Pall Corp.


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