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944 conversion into electric vehicle?

http://www.jstraubel.com/944EV/EVproject.htm
Has anyone done this?
Any thoughts regarding the practicality of this in a situation where a donor Porsche is available?
Advice regarding the best donor model to use?
Wouldn't it be possible to surpass conventional engine performance, at least for short distances?
This is something I've considered off and on
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i've done extensive research on EV's. with a car like the 944, u could get decent performance at the 30-40mile range. longer range would require more battery banks.

it would still be a good 10 grand job to convert though. and you'd have a car that'd only have 50miles max. it's only good for a city/neighborhood car. but not really for a daily driver since everything you need for creature comforts detracts from your range. fresh air blower, headlights, power windows, heater, etc etc.

until battery technology makes a lightyear leap forward, or you spend another 10 grand on lithium poly battery,
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the limiting factor seems clearly to be the need for better batteries
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see if yer buddies at NASA or Dept of Energy can five finger discount you some of those International Space Station fuel cells. hehe
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Too big, too heavy to be an elec. conversion. There are fewer and fewer of these cars left. They should be restored as originally configured or if too far gone, parted out so that others may live.......

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humm.. there is one on the 944 central website but it looks crappy this is the reason i am looking for a roller i am planning in the near future for my electric 944 ......
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there are tailor made kits made for 914. those are fun gokarts themselves
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any links for these 914 kits? anyone use or run one?

interesting
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Excellence magazine recently had a great article on an Elec 914 and all the issues he had to deal with in building it. I'll look at home and try to figure out what month it was.
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get one of those hydrogen cell engines from honda , thats the future !!!
stop flogging the dead horse of battery power, its just the wrong road to go down .
if it were feasible we would have a mass production e.v by now , they been at it for years with no" real world every day car" that works to be developed ever !!
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a friend of mine who owns a forklift shop has converted an early VW Bug to electric.
added batteries, electric motor hooked up to clutch/flywheel I guess.
he can go fairly fast, however needs to do some more mods to it.

explaining the 944 drivetrain to him, he stated that it would be a piece of cake.
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I am thinking of converting mine. Cost is too high right now. $20k to get 100 miles or 90 minutes on a charge. Price should drop as it is becoming more common than you think. On the local drag strip, it is not rare to see a 914 or 944 show up converted. You can see several races on YouTube. Several places do it or offer kits. I ditch the rear hatch for fiber glass as well as the hood to drop some weight.
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I think the lightweight early (83-85.5) models would be the best for such an undertaking if you could remove the engine, A/C and heat with controls, sound deadening, and other non-needed items. I don't like the looks of them, but maybe an early 924 would be even lighter weight yet, and they can be found dirt cheap for lack of desireability.
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Why?

I've never understood electric vehicles. You plug them into a grid generated from (most of the time) a coal plant. The batteries are toxic and dangerous if they rupture under impact. And the batteries don't last longer than a decade (if that) at which point they cost a lot to replace. And disposing of batteries, is, well, hard to do correctly. Not to mention batteries weigh a ton.

Not that I'm being a nuisance or anything, I just wanted to point out some issues with the whole concept.

I have an electric RC car - but that is an RC car. Lotta fun BTW, I highly recommend them!

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I have enough issues keeping my car running completely stock...

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