An ideal cadidate for an electric conversion?

Perfect Cars For Electric Conversions

The challenge is simple, what car, current or past would make for the perfect electric car conversion? The field is wide and many older, lighter cars are being retired.

Knock Around Local EV. Just as every serious guitarist has a knock around guitar, wouldn’t it be great if we had a choice of cheap cars to convert to electricity for local fun? What characteristics would they have and how would we use them. Here are a few to start with.

Honda Civic. Has there ever been a car more modified than the venerable Honda Civic? Light, fun to drive, gasoline friendly, these cars make for great conversion. Strangely enough, why would you convert a fairly gasoline frugal car to electricity? Simply enough for the fun of it and to not have to endure the regular combustion gas maintenance.

Mazda Miata. Here’s a great car whose first generation is ready for a secondary life. The Miata handles well and tolerates the added weight of a battery pack pretty well. A fairly simple conversion with gel packs can give you around 50 miles in a fairly affordable way, using bare bone DC motors.

Geo Metro. Is there a better candidate than the small, light and perfect city traffic car for an electric conversion? The Geo Metro has been sought after for some time now and are becoming hard to find. This is probably the best knock around local electric car, perfect for grocery shopping.


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I would love to convert a Jaguar XJ-S or Ferrari 308/328.
Ooooh, now you're talking! A 308 would be fantastic, especially a beat up one no one will want to restore. They haven't completely valued upward and are still on the cusp. I know someone who converted his 50s 300SL! The XJ-S might be a better shot for a plug-in hybrid. There is a young fellow in the Los Angeles area that has an interesting solution for turning almost any classic into a hybrid. I also saw an Alfa Romeo Milano/75 turned to electricity one day. Anything is possible.