Charlton Jones, a retired college professor living in Washington, MO, converted his 1974 Porsche 914 to an all electric car. It costs about 4 to 5 cents per mile, it’s quiet, and it can go up to 150 miles before having to recharge the batteries at any 110 volt, 20 amp outlet. The little car is named Electro Cutie. Charlton bought the small Porsche on eBay because Electro Automotive had a good design, especially for the battery storage boxes. He knew he wouldn’t be taking this on long trips, so luggage space was not an issue. The extra battery weight is distributed evenly in the front and the back of the car, and the springs and the shock absorbers were replaced with heavier models because the car is about 800 pounds heavier than stock. An Azure Dynamics electric motor uses a three phase inverter/controller that makes the alternating current from the DC batteries. The 18 deep cycle U. S. batteries produce 144 volts. They are sealed in rust-free plastic boxes and secured to the chassis by powder-coated steel frames. With regenerative braking during slowing, the electric motor acts as a generator putting electricity back into the batteries and saves wear and tear on the brakes. It’s an economical, fun convertible with highway capabilities that turns more heads than a screwdriver.

Charlton also teaches in the AARP Driver Safety Program and is certified by the League of American Cyclists to teach road bike safety. He commuted by bicycle to Oglethorpe University (Atlanta) on most days for seventeen years. Charlton retired from teaching in 1990 but still rides his bicycle several thousand miles a year for the fun of it. He is a USCF bicycle coach and has raced bicycles for nearly twenty-five years. In 2007 he finished 14th in the 50 year old category at the Washington Circuit Race. As a hobby, Charlton is a member of the St. Louis Live Steamers and builds live steam powered locomotives in one eighth scale in his basement machine shop. Charlton and his wife Rebeccah live in Washington to be near their grandkids.