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Discussion in 'Electric Conversions' started by vfx, Oct 29, 2007.
Would Tesla even exist if Elon had found these guys?
I am surprised that we haven't heard more about them if they are that active in the conversion business. Are there any customer testimonials to be found?
They sure have a lot of options advertised. This part caught my eye:
"We are also offering a new integrated hybrid system for ANY front engine, rear wheel drive, automatic cars, '96 or newer, that incorporates our drive shaft mounted electric assist motor. The system gives approx. 28% better fuel mileage with the electric motor kicking in when most needed- under acceleration. Other advantages are a) lower installation costs than a full EV, b) no range issue, integrates into the transmission computer and c) pays for itself over short time. Its truly an inexpensive conversion for those front engine, rear wheel drive, automatics like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, and American cars as well as delivery trucks, taxis, school buses etc."
Good find...the problem with the Internet is anyone can appear to have a legitimate business...wonder if they can really deliver?
They certainly talk a good game. Here's a link to a review if anyone didn't take the time to scroll through the whole page:
Looks as if they have another website for the same business.
In my backyard mechanic mind this is pretty much the way I'd do a conversion, Warp11 motor and Zilla 2k controller in a performance vehicle. I don't care much about top speed so I'd setup for 0-60 times and some decent range, (100 + mi.)
These look like nice conversions, I wonder if they really deliver as promised for the price?
This looks like one of their conversions:
I'd just love to click "add to cart" :biggrin:
I know this isn't much help, but here's a posting by who I assume has an interest in the company...regardless, it has some more specs:
and those are some darn good numbers, if true. Wonder what it cost?
Since his lead acid conversions seem to go in the $65K range I'd guess $75-80K for the lithium.
These guys in the news recently:
High-Voltage Porsches - Wheels Blog - NYTimes.com
They covered over the "Zilla" logo on the controller there...
Cafe Electric llc
Yeah it looks as if they printed out a picture on their home computer and stuck it on top I wonder what they are doing for controllers now that Zilla is no longer in production?
Then there's the guy over on the West coast (that goes by the name of "Reverend Gadget" or just plain "Gadget") whom is also performing conversions:
Left Coast Electric - Home
His individual web page:
He recently performed a conversion of a '69 Camaro for the front man of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Keidis.
From what I've gathered, while Mr Liddle ("Paul") has been in the automotive industry for some 24 yrs. now, he's spent roughly 8 yrs. in EV conversions, and 2 yrs. in hybrid.
Others like Commutercars Tango likely need a "plan B" as well...
Reverend Gadget is well known in the EV community with a big segment in the film WKtEC and You Tube videos of his favorite Triumph conversions.
Both Anthony and Flea have Roadsters.
Info about daniel's car here: Daniel's EVPorsche 911 conversion