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Vintage truck gets a new electric lease on life

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It's a question we've had during automotive segments in the past: can I convert my gas-powered car to straight electric?

Yes. And there are examples right here in our region, including a recent one at Oregon Institute of Technology.

Scott Morris, a student at the OIT Portland-Metro campus, is converting a 1979 Datsun (Nissan) pickup truck into an EV.

He got some help along the way from Richard Ellis, an Instrument Technologist who knows his way around electrical and renewable machinery.

Scott and Richard visit with details of the truck conversion project.

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