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Follow the electric conversion of the Porsche 914 on my blog.

Iíve taken some poetic license with the Opus cartoon above to map it to my solar and electric car choices.

With the unstable price of gasoline and diesel, the evil that is Big Oil, coupled with my free supply of electricity, Iíve decided to build an electric car. My new job commute is about 35 miles each way and I should be able to plug the car in during the day so I only have to engineer it to last for one leg of the drive.  I already have a VW Beetle that gets 49mpg and I run it on B99 biodiesel, so a hybrid is a step backward for me.

Requirements:

- 40 mile minimum, 60 mile maximum range
- Handle 3 mile, 7% grade hill
- 60 mph sufficient
- One or two passengers
- Work-day and overnight recharge cycles are sufficient
- Regenerative braking charging would be nice, with the long hill down in the morning commute
 

I reviewed many electric conversion project web sites and came up with this list of potential project cars:  Volkswagen Rabbit, Porsche 914, MG, Honda CRX, Toyota MR2, Honda Civic, VW Beetle, Mazda 626, Ford Ranger pickup and Chevy S-10 pickup.

In the end I chose the Porsche 914.  There are both AC and DC motor kits available and a lot of conversion experience from the people who have gone before me. I started looking around for a project car and won an eBay auction for a 1973 model. I brought it home in early October 2009 and began my planning. Rather than describing the project here, I started a blog on a dedicated blogging site to get all of the features I need for project progress and pictures.