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Three years ago, in his driveway in Salem, Rich Benoit rigged some ropes and pulleys and did something that could modestly be described as a bad idea.

He pulled a 1,300-pound, 400-volt battery out of a Tesla that had been underwater.

And then, with no real clue of what he was doing, he opened it and tried to fix it.

“It was terrifying,” Benoit says now.

It was also the beginning of what has become one of the more interesting narratives in these early days of the modern era of the electric car, one that asks and answers a lot of questions and has turned the 36-year-old Benoit — a father of three who works in IT in Boston — into one of its early superstars.

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Rich Benoit inside one of the Teslas that he is in the process of refurbishing. Rich Benoit inside one of the Teslas that he is in the process of refurbishing.

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/03/04/the-backyard-mechanic-who-taking-tesla/Sv1l8q2sxpQvTFMp13VFwM/story.html

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