Wow. I'm away for a while, then I come back and everything looks different here! So, I've been continuing to ponder my "electric runabout" options, and this outfit really caught my eye: http://www.dukesgaragellc.com/ The eSpeedster looks very cool. They are aiming for 70-7-70 performance: 70 miles range, 7 hour charge time, 70 MPH maximum speed. That sounds pretty reasonable for a car of this type and purpose. My biggest qualm is that it doesn't seem like they've sold many (any?) to actual customers yet, plus they are in Colorado while I am here in Texas. I know I'm usually an "early adopter" but I have some limits. I feel like somebody who lives closer to the shop should be the guinea pig for this experiment. I have learned some things about conversions too. There are a lot of people who've done conversions, but not a whole lot who've done them yet with lithium. Most of them have experience making lead buggies, and there is quite a learning curve when moving to li-ion batteries. I know there are a few scam artists out there, but I'm actually more worried about running into the guys who really are honest and well-intentioned but don't quite know what they're doing yet.