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Nice 1973 Porsche 914 EV needing new home.

Discussion in 'Electric Conversions' started by Carl W, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. Carl W

    Carl W 2008, #311 thunder gray 1.5

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    I have a 1973 Porsche 914 that's converted to 100% electric power. It even has carpool (clean air) stickers for driving in California HOV lanes. It has a dual AC motor, which is two AC motors on one shaft and one housing, so it looks like one motor but is actually two. It's the AC-35 x 2 made by HPEVS. 1000 amps at 144 volts, so technically 144kw. The motor drives the 5 speed transaxle. You can drive it in 3rd gear like an automatic (from zero to about 90 mph), or, for great acceleration, start out in 1st or 2nd. Cruise the freeway in 4th or 5th. I've never driven it over 90mph, but I'm confident it would go 120 or more.

    I bought the car already converted several years ago, but then I had EV West convert it to the twin AC motors because the DC motor that was there when I bought it didn't have regen braking and needed regular brush changes. Now, it's got regen, is maintenance free and more fun. The regen is programmable and it is optimized for regular driving versus when the clutch is pressed versus when the brake is pressed. I've driven it almost 8000 miles on the AC motors.

    I love this car, and it pains me to sell it, but I ended up buying a Tesla Roadster and I don't have room or budget for two great sports cars, so I'm selling it. It was used in an EV West video, link follows.



    Zelectric is actually selling it for me, and here are lots of pictures. Note, the price listed on the following link is being reduced to $60k obo. FYI, the original guy put well over $100k into the conversion, and then I've invested more in going to the AC motors. The transmission 2nd gear (synchro) was grinding, so I also just had the entire transaxle rebuilt. Shifts great now.

    1973 Porsche 914

    There are other converted 914's, but I've never seen or heard of one done this nicely. I even won 1st place at a Porsche Concours (Dana Point) for Special Interest. The real range is 100 to 160 miles, depending on how it's driven. Has almost 200 ft-lbs of torque, and if you combine this with 1st gear, it launches! However, most of the time I drive it gently. Has LiFePO4 (lithium) batteries that are in excellent shape with no measurable degradation. Leather interior. Currently located in Laguna Beach, Ca.
     
  2. palmer_md

    palmer_md Member

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    Good luck with the sale. I saw the car in person when visiting EV West and it really is a nice conversion. I also drive a 914 conversion and would love to trade up, but my money is set aside for a Model 3 reservation I have.
     
  3. Carl W

    Carl W 2008, #311 thunder gray 1.5

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    Great that you saw the car before and thanks for commenting. You're welcome to take it for a spin sometime if you want and of course I'd love to see your conversion, too.
     
  4. voyager

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    Neat! IMO, if there's one classic car that needs converting into an EV, then it is the Citroen DS.
     

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