This one is newer than we like to show here, and it wasn’t found in a barn; so those are two strikes. The next part may be strike three for most of you, but I hope that a few of you can appreciate the work that’s gone into this nice pickup. It’s a 1991 Mazda B2200 EV Pickup and it’s located in Stewart, Florida. It’s listed on eBay with bids coming in at just over $500! Of course, the reserve isn’t met, and the seller says that it was recently appraised at $10,000 and I don’t doubt that one bit. It’s a nice truck; different, but nice.
The owner has “Shock Hazard” painted on this truck, hopefully that’s just its nickname. They say that it’s in “excellent condition w/4 new tires, converted to battery power using the original drive train with Std Trans.” I’m guessing that means sans the original 2.2L, 85 hp, gas-powered engine, because this is what it looks like under the hood now! That ain’t no 2.2L, 85 hp, gas-powered engine! The truck has “Clear Coat Paint and a tilt bed for future expansion of Batteries.” That’s what the tilt-bed photo is all about! That in itself is a super unique feature and makes me like this truck even more. I don’t see a mention of the model, but I’m guessing that this is the base model which doesn’t have a tachometer or a rear step bumper; this truck has neither of those.
I’ll just mention the license plate number before anyone else does. I would probably want a different plate number, you don’t need any more heat when you live in Florida and are sitting on and/or behind “38 Lithium 3.8v 100ah Sinopoly Batteries” The truck itself is in fantastic condition, whether it’s powered by a gas engine, batteries, or a coal-powered generator. This one looks like it’s perfect underneath and may have been beefed up a bit to carry the extra load? There is no mention of the weight of this truck with the batteries. Any guesses? It has four new tires which I’m guessing you’d want to keep an eye on with that much weight on them.
There are only three interior photos, and none that really shows anything but a close-up of the dash and steering wheel, the one above; and this one. It shows that the “computer controlled charging and operation and can be connected to a lap top for visual graphics.” I guess, they also show a close-up photo of that connection in the dash. This truck has 133,000 miles on it but has “under 500 miles since electric conversion.” There is literally an entire box of files that documents the conversion.
Here’s where the bulk of the batteries sit, under the hood. Instead of the gas engine it has an “advanced 9.5 ” DC Motor and a Curtis Controller.” The seller mentions that they have “$20K invested (Orig cost of battteries $7K, Original cost of drive train $7K).” Like the license plate, I’ll say this before anyone mentions it: that’s a lot of money to spend on batteries just to save money on gas costs. They say that the conversion “was originally based off lead-acid batteries, recently converted to Lithium-Ion.” But, like a lot of these things, it’s not just about saving money, some owners have different ideas as to why they think these vehicles are important and that’s all that matters. This is a heck of a truck. Even at the “appraised” value of $10,000 it would be super interesting to own and drive, just for commuting, of course. The truck, in general, looks very nice and I’m sure that for commuting around town it would be great. Are any of you fans of EV conversions or are you a combustible-fuel-only type of person? I could go either way on this truck, I’d love to have one in either EV or gas-power configuration, or both.