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How do other forums react to your EV conversion?? IE Porsche/Corvette/Fiero/VW/etc?

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After buying a couple of Porsche 944's I became a member of rennlist.com since it's a great source for help in all things mechanical and electrical to do with a Porsche (I hadn't exactly made it public that I was converting a Porsche to electric). This evening I came across a thread where someone had linked to my garage page on here where I have info about the car and my performance goals. Most of the comments were pure negative saying an electric Porsche was the stupidest thing in the world, that an electric porsche could never do 0-60 in 5 seconds and that I'd be lucky an electric Porsche could do 0-60... once. There were a few supporters, and the odd one that simply thought it was cool but the general tone of the thread was negative (not the initial poster, his comment was skeptical but interested). Since I've been a member there for a few months I commented that it was my 944 and the goals are real etc, there hasn't been another negative comment, only a few supporters with kind comments.

I'm just curious what other people run into on other forums mainly the type of forum that is dedicated to a certain brand or model of car? Do you run into the guys who think you are doing brand "x" some kind of injustice by converting their gas guzzling flagship into an eco friendly "electric" car?
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No negative comments from my end either. I mention it once in a while on loosely related topics on the two other main forums I spend most of my time on. FordTrucks.com and oilburners.net.

Both are for older ford diesel trucks (my main vehicle is an 86 F250 diesel). It's about as red neck as you can get so I fit in there fairly well:rolleyes:, but they seem to be not entirely weirded out by my project. I get the odd question very rarely, but most are more interested in how I can get over 24 MPG out of a 24 year old 6000lb pickup.

When I sought out a saturn forum specifically to learn about the 96 that I bought for conversion, I didn't get any negative comments there either. Some members even came over here to see my build thread and still check in once in a while. So far they are all very supportive.

When I was still considering a toyota corolla, I registered on a yota forum and started asking questions explaining my goals. Again, not negative reviews or rude comments.

It seems to get a little tricky with more - shall we say........"cool" or muscle/classic cars?

If I were to take a 1969 mustang mach 1 and convert that to electric, I'm sure I might get some flack for that. An original corvette stingray, or 1956 bellair. Not that I could afford something like that anyway, but just saying, some cars are an object of worship more than others and considered more sacred.

Of course there is also the possibility that some simply shoot from the hip and reject novel ideas out of hand. I haven't experienced any of that first hand, but it doesn't surprise me when it does happen.
 

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Ian got me thinking now (he has that affect on me:p)


Of all you folks that got negative reviews, what was the crowd generally like? Were they mostly about putting "bolt on" mods like body kits, "aftermarket" mufflers and plug in tuners, or did they get into really in depth rebuilding of the cars in question? (as in transmission or engine overhaul)

I'm thinking the age group might also play a role. Guys in their late teens to to mid 20s can be pretty arrogant sometimes.....especially the ones in their twenties.




































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Well in fairness, there are times when I might fit in with that kind of crowd too, but that doesn't stop me from supporting ideas like EVs or alternative energy.

Even if not for saving the planet, what some one does with a car they own is their own business.:confused:
 
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