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October 8, 2010 West Seattle man's cars, and heart, run on batteries
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

It seems the West Seattle Herald has featured a battery of electric car stories lately. First, our article on the outrageously sporty Tesla, as expensive as it is fast. Then we plugged into West Seattle-owned MC Electric and their more affordable fleet.

Now meet West Seattle’s Craig Vinton, an active member of SEVA, or Seattle Electric Vehicle Association, who collects, updates, and repairs gas cars to electric, charges their batteries with his backyard solar panel, and even rents out Segways, those two-wheeled gasless wonders that somehow keep their balance with gyroscopic sensors.

Vinton is a scrappy 63 year-old who operates Allstar Entertainment and supplies inflatable slides, climbing mountains, and celebrity look-alikes to corporate and private parties. (www.allstarfun.com) He lives north of the Fauntleroy Ferry, and attended South Seattle Community College, which, he said, has excellent courses on electric car conversion.

“Everything I have in my life runs on batteries,” he said.

“My cars run on batteries, my house, Segways, razors, and my heart,” he said, referring to his lithium-powered pacemaker.

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