Just for your information, Porsche was making electric cars back in the early 1900s! The ancient Porsche electric featured wheel mounted motors, and an onboard generator. That was ahead of the curve design.
If you are interested in converting a 550 to electric, the conversion process is
similar, but the total cost including the donor car is around $30,000 US.
Most of the gear you need is fairly common electric car equipment so these parts are pretty easy to get. Your local EV supplier should be able to help you out, or you can just shop the web.
One upgrade we would consider would be using LifeP04 batteries in place of the
old PbA, though this would mean a charger upgrade as well…a premium on the
In case you were wondering about a new Porsche EV, it appears that the
company is in some phase of testing. "We will definitely be offering electric sports cars in the future."
This from Michael Macht, CEO of Porsche AG. Mr. Macht follows with the disclaimer: "But such a concept only makes sense if it offers performance and a cruising range comparable to that of a sports car today."
It seems that Porsche may be feeling a bit of a pinch from other German EV pioneers Audi, and Volkswagon.
A new Spyder is on the loose; Porsche is stress testing a new hybrid. The new car seeks to combine race tested features of the GT3 R and merge them with the latest design of the 918 Spyder. The car features a large V8 and two electric motors in the front wheels for a total power output approaching 800 hp.
The German sports car company is also road testing three Boxster protoypes.
Porsche 918 Spyder - Manufacturers latest test hybrid
Porsche 914 EV looking good
Porsche 912 - great donor car
EV Porsche kits 550 Spyder is one of many Porsche conversions over the years. Almost any EV trading site or EV show will have at least one Porsche there. Porsche electric car conversions tend to be well balanced since batteries can be distributed to the front with the motor in the rear.
10 years ago we had the chance to work with a Porsche 912 EV. It
was a great little conversion. The completed car was around $3,500 at the time! Times do change.