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TURNING GAS GREEN

A P.E.I. auto shop is taking orders for its production run of small electric pickup trucks. Upcycle Green Technology, a Stratford based eco-friendly auto shop has completed two prototype pickup trucks, retrofitting model 2009-2013 Toyota Corrollas with electric batteries.

According to the company’s founder, Natal Antonini, the primary advantage of these trucks is their low fuel cost—$2.50 per 100 kilometers in electricity, versus $30 per 100 kilometers in gas.

While more expensive vehicles with longer ranges are in the works, Antonini is content with a production run of 100 vehicles per year and fulfilling pre-orders for over 20 trucks.

Upcycle takes specific Toytoa Corolla models, manufactured between 2009 and 2013, to transform the cars into modified electric pickup trucks.
Upcycle’s refreshed pickups will sell for $35,000 with a range of 150 kilometres, says the company.
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