Fluctuation in petrol prices fuels South Perth man to convert car to electricity


South Perth resident Guy Bridge has converted a BMW 1-Series into a full electric car.
South Perth resident Guy Bridge has converted a BMW 1-Series into a full electric car.

SICK of Perth’s ever changing petrol prices Guy Bridge set out to convert the first electric BMW 1 Series in WA.

The South Perth resident began working on modifying a BMW, imported from Melbourne, last September after realising how much money he had spent on mechanical repairs and general maintenance for his Landrover.

“It’s annoying that when you go to the mechanic it always seem like there is something that needs to be done or fixed,” he said.

“It’s so expensive but with an electric car there aren’t really any moving parts, it is just the motor and batteries plus the cost of electricity is much cheaper and more stable than petrol prices.”

Through watching YouTube videos and reading other online resources, Mr Bridge complete 90 per cent of work required to convert the car including wiring the batteries, computer and speed controller.

The parts required for the conversion cost about $20,000.

Mr Bridge said the charge of the batteries lasts about 150km and the cost to recharge the car is about $4, which was worth it for the initial outlay.

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