Any old codger wondering if our future's in good hands should check out what Juan Ehringeras is doing with his Honda S2000. The high school senior is rebuilding the two-seater as an all-electric vehicle, and seems to be having fun with the process, according to Motor Authority.

Ehringeras, who chose the car because it was cheap (hey, it was damaged) and lightweight, has built his own battery packs and has gone genius on a bunch of other little features for his new ride. Ehringeras didn't talk single-charge range but did say the electric motor will be able to deliver about 780 horsepower. You read that right. For a kid in a two-seater.

The student appears to be continuing a tradition of young gearheads putting their own spin on the modern EV. West Philadelphia High School made news a couple of years back with its entrees in the Automotive X-Prize alt-fuel vehicle competition. And way back in early 2008, we reported on then-high schooler Andrew Angellotti turning his 1988 Mazda B2200 pickup truck into an all-electric green machine. Check out a short video of the S2000's test drive below. Yes, youth is served.


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      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's so relatively easy that even the car makers should be able to make EVs..
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      If I had a 780 horsepower car when I was that age, I wouldn't be alive today.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am college educated engineer and I am having a hard time restoring/converting an S-10... I did have more free-time as a high school student, but I also was quite poor too. I like the S2000 as a vehicle choice. It is missing some bumpers and hood, but it will turn out nice. I would like to see an update on this.
      S
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is exactly why I do not support government incentives for electric anything. This is not even a debate, it is all about emotion and not science. Do you really think a 2 seater electric car is more efficient than a 7 person commuter minivan? Please...
        Dave D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @S
        What the hell are you ranting about? It's a high school kid who probably just wants to impress girls. He's not a soccer mom with 6 kids to hail around. It's VERY efficient for what he wants to do. Congratulations, that was the dumbest comment I've seen on the internet this week, and THAT is an achievement!
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone might be exaggerating their power claims, as driveline parts would likely start flying off the car at that power level, but right on nonetheless. That's a great car for conversion :)
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        He is using two WarP 9 motors. AFAICT, these are ~35 HP each. I doubt you could get 100 HP peak out of them.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Show me a dyno graph and i'll believe it. You can put 760HP into the motor for a second or two, but you're not going to get that power out to the wheels. You will get excellent torque from a stall - yes, but for the rest of the power band, you are not gonna push that out.. I mean hey, i put 10,000w into a 750w rated hub motor, and put a very impressive fraction of what i put in down to the wheels - enough to throw you off the bike and send the bike a couple hundred feet down the street - but what that motor will do continuously is a whole nother story - 2000w continuous for maybe 15 minutes, 1500w continuous for an hour, but it sure isn't a 10,000w motor. Many of us are guilty of these exaggerations...
          Allch Chcar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          Two Warp 9's are certainly capable of that much power in short bursts. But it requires a high end controller and batteries capable of that much amperage. Look up the White Zombie if you get a chance, it used exactly that setup.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @PeterScott
          lol wow. OK, so you can run those at a higher voltage an advance the timing... maybe you get 50-70 horsepower total out of them, i'm not sure what the saturation point is for that motor, but let's say it's 70? Yeah that is a bit off... :P He is using a ford differential though, smart!
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsK3MOTjaQc Here is the link that should have been with the story. He explains the math and details about how he put it together. He must have won the lottery or something, because cost didn't come into it... ;)
        2 wheeled menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        You will find that is the case with many people who go through with conversions like this. If you want to do a proper conversion on a car, you are looking at a cool 10k-20k cash project. ...and now you know why i am such a big fan of 2 wheelers.. :)
          Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          2000 A zilla controller, 2 Warp 9's, ~340V battery pack (27kWh total)...That is some money there. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but still it is overkill I think. It is the EV car Honda should make though.
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