PHOTO CAPTION: 1991 Celica after conversion that took about 9 months.

Teacher Gives Toyota Celica an Electric Pulse

Head of science department David Abineri converts 1991 Toyota Celica to 144 volt electric car for his 12 mile commute to Seven Hills school.

Published: 09-Dec-2008

MADISONVILLE – When David Abineri drives his 1991 Toyota Celica, he doesn’t pay much attention to the price of gas.

He doesn’t use the words “gas pedal” anymore. And the car’s gas cap has been replaced by an electrical outlet.

Abineri, the head of the Seven Hills Upper School’s Science Department, built his own electric car over the past year and drove it to work for the first time Monday.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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