OwnerJohn RA Benson
LocationPortland, Oregon United States map
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Vehicle1970 Porsche 914
MotorAdvanced DC FB1-4001 Series Wound DC
Drivetrainoriginal 5 speed transmission with clutch
ControllerCafe Electric Zilla Z1K
Batteries16 Hawker PC-2150, 12.00 Volt, Lead-Acid, AGM
System Voltage192 Volts
ChargerBrusa NLG412
Heaterhair driers
DC/DC Converter V-Infinity
150-240VDC input, 15V, 33amp output with trim control to
adjust to 13.2v for float
Instrumentationa) Ammeter BC29 for Brusa
b) E-meter
c) Tachometer - Zilla feed
d) Voltmeter
Top Speed85 MPH (136 KPH)
not known with new setup - 120V wet cells top speed was
85, Nicads were around 65.
AccelerationWe'll soon see...
Range60 Miles (96 Kilometers)
high speed freeway driving
Seating Capacity2.5 adults (tight)
Curb Weight3,100 Pounds (1,409 Kilograms)
TiresBridgestone Turanza, 195 60 15
Conversion Timeoriginal conversion time with access to a great shop (thanks
Rudy from Zuffenhausen Automotive in Marin!): 100 hours
of mostly lunch hours and a few weekends.
Since then? 100's of hours for Nicad conversion mods, and
now complete redo of controller/batteries
Conversion Costa lot.
$1000 for vehicle
$9000 for kit
$2000 for original batteries
$? for restoring a Porsche from the '70's
$4000 for Nicads and charger
$1000 for Nicad battery cases and experimentation
$4200 for new Lead Hawkers
$2300 for Zilla
$350 for new DC/DC converter
$? for new cables, wire, whatever?
Additional FeaturesCustom dashboard from Walnut burl and Carbon fiber allows for more room for EV
Used to be daily commuter, 32 miles round trip.

In addition to conventional EV conversion component swap (conversion done with
ElectroAutomotive VoltsPorsche kit), also replaced entire suspension and front brakes:
swapped out front calipers for BMW320i ATI calipers (bolt on, no mods necessary other
than bending brake lines) and replaced master cylinder with 914-6/911 master

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