CMU ChargeCar Project will turn your Honda Civic into an electric car

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s ChargeCar Project are opening up their Forbes Avenue garage March 25 to show off the production prototype of a converted 2002 Honda Civic into an electric vehicle. The group is also taking names of Pittsburghers interested in converting their own vehicles to electric power. “For now, you can electrify any car you want — as long as it’s a Honda Civic,” joked Illah Nourbakhsh, associate research professor of robotics and head of the CREATE Lab, which runs the ChargeCar Project. The open house is slated from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 4621 Forbes Ave.