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First of all congratulations! Its great to see another person getting excited about the advantages of electric cars! Unfortunately, most EV conversions as far as i know are more likely to add weight than to lower it, although the motors are significantly lighter this gain is offset by the large volume of batteries required for significant range. The main question you need to ask is; What do you want to use the car for? Generally speaking electric cars at this stage of production need to compromise on at least one area. It is possible to contruct a light car with great performance but it will generally cost a bit more and have a short range between charges. If you would like a car that can travel large distances you may have to compromise the performace by adding more battery weight. It is possible to have both range and performace but it put your bank balance on a serious diet (see Tesla Roadster). Electric cars are excellent for specific applications and by doing the conversion yourself you are able to completely customise this to your own needs. The 280Z is quite a good car for a conversion because is has plenty of room for batteries and is resonable aerodynamic. Also, the 280Z added both a larger engine and more 'luxury' items to the 240 and 260 so it would be possible to reduce a lot of the curb weight with the removal of some of those items. There is a link on the forums about conversion kits, Electro Automotive is the most experienced and is a good place to start looking, but it is also good to shop around. Their conversion kits start at US$5575 + Batteries. Your car is a on the heavier end of the scale for conversions so when looking for a kit you should probably look at the more powerful motors and controllers. Hope you have found this helpful, if not there is plenty more information at your fingertips by browsing these forums and the rest of the internet. Welcome to the wonderful world of EVs!