I converted this car to electric drive around 2006-2007 and it's been registered and street legal ever since. It's a fun car! I'd like to sell the car complete but will consider selling off the components if I can't get a buyer.
When I started this project I had planned on using the car as a commuter car, but the distance was too far (need at least 40 miles)
and it became a weekend driver and racer. Right now the range is only in the low 20's, it has the capability to go a lot farther.
A lithium pack could easily put the range closer to 70-80 miles.
I have the car set up for flat towing by building in a tow bar attachment behind the front bumper.
The cars light plug right in to the trailer socket of the tow vehicle. I've taken the car down to Hagerstown Maryland for auto cross
and drag racing at the Power of DC event. I placed first in my class in some of the auto cross events and held a NEDRA record in the quarter mile.
I've also taken the car up to Limestone, Maine for land speed racing with the Loring Timing Association, holding a record there too.
Top speed so far is 112 mph, but that can easily increase with upgraded batteries.
As an electric this car has the capability to go faster than the original gasoline version did.
This car is perfect for the person who's looking to get into EVs but doesn't want to start from scratch.
The PFC-30 charger is one of the best EV chargers you can get. I plug it into 240 at home and it fully charges in a few hours.
If I were to keep the car, the next change I would make would be the battery pack. It has a flooded NiCad pack and does require some regular maintenance.
The benefit of flooded NiCads is that they will last forever. No concerns about your range dropping in half in the winter or replacing the pack in a few years.
But the best thing would be to replace it with a good lithium pack. With the improvements and price drops of the past few years a lithium pack is an affordable way to get much higher range and much better performance.
You could be very competitive in the quarter mile and still drive the car around town to pick up a pizza. And never buy a drop of gasoline again.
List of components;
Cafe Electric Zilla 1k EHV controller
Manzanita Micro PFC-30 charger
Warfield Warp 11 HV motor
Mechanical vacuum pump
Vicor PFC power supply DC-DC
BB600 NiCad battery pack, 284 volt, 30 AH
5 speed limited slip transaxle
original clutch, lightened flywheel
Koni coil over rear shocks
HID replacement headlights
very low mileage Kumho performance tires
second set of tires on phone dial wheels
You can see more about the car at the following site;
If you add up the cost of new parts equivalent to what I've installed, it adds up pretty quick.
Here are the major components;
Z1k EHV is $1900
PFC-30 is $2900
adapter plate was $700 many years ago
Warp 11 HV over $3600
You can see the cost to build a car similar to mine gets pretty steep pretty quick. And we haven't included the car or the batteries.
If you're interested, you can get this one for a good price. I'm going to lose money selling this car, but I didn't do it to make money.
It's been a fun project but I have to move on. So if you've been thinking about a conversion and would like to get there a lot faster, consider my car.
You'll still have plenty you can do to it to make it your own, but you'll save a lot of money and get that ev grin a lot faster.