Side GraphicsElec 914 Instrument panelSOC GaugeFront battery packWarP 9 and transmissionZilla controller and motorFrontCrowds always form when you park!
Location US map
Vehicle1971 Porsche 914
High Performance Electric Vehicle, Our everyday driver
MotorNetgain Warp 9 Series Wound DC
Reliable and simple.
DrivetrainOriginal Clutch and 5 speed manual transmission.
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla ZIK-LV
What a great controller.
Batteries48 Thunder Sky TS-LFP180AHA, 3.32 Volt, Lithium-Polymer
After 4 years of use the Ah has stabilized at at 170.
System Voltage159 Volts
ChargerManzanita Micro PFC-30
A great charger, fully automatic. Six different charging plugs/adapters are carried in the car including a J-1772 so we can charge anywhere.
HeaterTwo 110v/240v blow dryers. Set to 240v & handles removed. Instant heat, no wait like in the original 914 air cooled engine.
DC/DC ConverterIota DLS-55
Provides relaiable 12 volt power and charges the 12v backup battery.
InstrumentationEV Display by Clean Power Auto in a customized gauge cluster. I added indicator lights and the "EV Display" to the car's original fuel gauge instrument. Lights include "Parking Brake", "Energy Low", low pack voltage, motor overheat and Zilla over heat. See the photo on right. Original Tach and Speedometer.
Top Speed106 MPH (170 KPH)
Verified by FL State Patrol (don't ask)
Acceleration0-60 in 8.9 seconds with my weak driving skills. A lot faster than the original. My best time was done using only 3rd gear. In 1st and 2nd the stock tires just spun to much. Improvement can be done with sticky tires, stronger clutch and driving skills.
Watt Hours/Mile230 Wh/Mile
Some interesting measurements I took on level ground:
40mph 40 amps
50mph 57 amps
70mph 135 amps
70mph 170 amps with top off & windows down
90mph 250 amps, top off, wheeeeee!!
EV Miles
Current:13,500 Miles (21,721 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight2,540 Pounds (1,154 Kilograms)
Actual measured weight. I'm pleased since it's under the manufactures max curb weight of 2690#.
TiresStandard. I've heard that the low rolling resistance tires might add 10% to the range. That will have to wait until I wear out these Yokohama's.
Conversion Time4 months for conversion, 1 year to restore the car. The car looks great now with no hidden rust. All metal surfaces treated for rust and painted, inside and out, top and bottom.
Conversion CostCar: $5000 acquisition cost. It was drivable but some rust and lots of small issues. All restored to like new. Everything works. Conversion parts were all top of the line and cost over $18,900. Lots of other costs to restore the car over a year period.
Additional FeaturesAll interior, underneath, and trunk metal surfaces rustproofed and painted. (Should last another 40 years!)

The EV equipment doesn't take up any space in the rear trunk so it is fully useable. Front trunk usable due to plexiglass battery cover.

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