Converting older cars into electric vehicles was once one of the only ways to get an EV in your driveway, but it's gone somewhat out of fashion as commercially available, have become common.
But the government of Thailand reportedly plans to develop its own electric vehicles. Specifically, the state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) isn't content for makers of electric cars to bring their wares to the country, so it's going the way of Fugazi and doing it itself, according to a report Thursday by PaulTan.org.
Now, the government isn't going to just go all willy-nilly, modifying whatever is lying around. It's going to focus its efforts on three specific models that are commonly available used in Thailand. Those are the Toyota Vios, Honda Jazz and Nissan Almera, which we know as the , and .
EGAT is targeting a price of around 300,000 Thai baht (or approximately $9,470) to complete the conversion. This would include lithium-ion batteries, an electric motor and all the associated electronic gubbins necessary to make the thing work.
Whether these converted EVs are any good remains to be seen, and since more are becoming available through more traditional means -- Hyundai sells the Ioniq and in Thailand now, Nissan sells and has for a year -- we'll be curious to see if anyone actually buys one.