Many years ago, sometime in the mid-80's, when I was selling insurance for Combined and traveling all over most of Washington and Idaho, I stopped at a house that had an electric VW bus for sale. The people said that it would go about 25 miles on a charge, and then they just plugged it in and recharged the battery. They had moved out to a small farm in the country, so it was not practical for them anymore, because the trip to town and back more than used up the 25 miles that it could travel before being recharged, and that was why they were selling it. I never saw another one like it, but always wondered why VW quit making the electric ones. Eventually, I learned that this was not a factory VW, it was one that someone had modified, like the one that your friend made, @Ike Willis . However they set the VW up, it apparently ran fine and just needed to be charged after going the 25 miles. I would love to have an electric vehicle for just putzing around town with. The newer ones go much further than 25 miles without a charge, and once you had a solar panel to charge them with, you could run the vehicle for free except for when the batteries needed replacing.