Mike Moore is part storyteller, part activist and part mad scientist of motors. It's all of these parts that have people coming to Moore's shop in Fort Mill from continents away.
"We don't feel like we're selling a product," Moore said. "We're providing a service. There is an alternative to $4 a gallon gas. This is one of them."
Moore's passion for electric vehicles is undeniable. And if his passion has a match, it is for Paula, his wife and vehicle conversion partner.
"Our goal is to have as many workable, usable, quality, safe-built electrical vehicles on the road as we can," she said. "There are very few places in the U.S. where you can't find electricity."
The Lake Wylie couple began their labor of love in 2005 after finding little information about how to convert their gas-powered vehicle to electric. Ampmobile Conversions was born in the Moore's Fort Mill auto shop as a part-time conversion site that also helped others looking to convert their vehicles. But the Moores quickly learned Ampmobile was not going to be a part-time endeavor.
"They didn't want advice," Mike said. "They wanted us to do it for them."
The company's online site, ampmobileconversions.com, has people from around the world calling and coming to the Carolinas.
And Mike Moore continues to preach his message of conservation by conversion.
"It's fun to drive by a gas station that says $3.83 a gallon and just wave," he said. "Sometimes I like to just go in and mess with them."
Quite a long way for Moore from his first job pumping gas at a York convenience station. As gas prices and environmental concerns rise, Moore hs high hopes.
"I remember how big of a fuss there was when it went up to 34 cents," he said. "They said 'I'll never pay that much for gas.'"
To find out more, visit ampmobileconversions.com or call (803) 831-1082. For information about the Southern Energy and Environmental Expo, visit seeexpo.com.