• Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Sebastian Blanco / AOL
Looking through the pages of the EV Album is a great way to learn about the breadth and depth of the electric vehicle community. Branching well beyond the three dozen or so electric vehicles that are currently sold by major automakers in the US, EV Album showcases lots of DIY conversions of all types. A 1995 Fiat Cinquecento? Check. A 1992 Kewet Eljet 2? No problem. The site's old-fashioned looks (it was started in 1997) show just how long people have been passionate about their EVs.

Many of the cars are throwbacks to a previous time and we found a prime example of that, a converted 1974 Porsche 914 (EV Album page here) this week. Now powered by a Prestolite MTC4001 Series Wound DC motor and some flooded nickel-cadmium batteries, the 914 has a top speed of 80 miles per hour and a range of 35 miles. But only "if you are taking it easy," of course. The motor has a peak output of 60 horsepower and 25 hp continuous. Converted over 600 hours (!) to electric power at a cost of $10,000, it is now owned by Charlie Garlow of Maryland. The car is on display at the Washington Auto Show this week and serves as a great reminder of what most EV drivers used to have to do to drive emissions free.


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      • 1 Year Ago
      This Porsche conversion has over 80,000 ELECTRIC MILES on it with 10 year-old NiCDs and a homebuilt speed controller and BMS system. It has more electric miles than alot of fancy "parade car" conversion EVs.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Audi built Porsche 914 was a popular EV conversion by virtue of it's relative lightness, and cheaply sourced donor cars. Early Mazda MX-5's (Miata) are equally easy to convert, but better looking and more practical. Small Japnese pick-ups also provide cheap, light, and good looking EV conversions.
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing about the internet, it sure has helped build up peoples ability to tolerate unkind remarks. Instead of belittling the people that belittle, I would like to state.... "the purpose of life is to learn" and that is done by doing. We are all children on this path. I hope that any person that has put forth the effort to build their own electric car does not have their feelings hurt by these insensitive people. Are these comments aimed at DIY'ers to spur them on to do better work? Or, are you suggesting they stop trying? I am sure you don't mean to be a BULLY. Your comments, I am sure, have hurt this persons pride and many others who have spent a lot of time and effort building their own Electric Cars. It takes 10 positive remarks to counter every One Negative, belittling statement. Personally, I love RAT RODS. I find them fascinating. Yes, some people are more ingenious than others. But, I am constantly amazed at how people with absolutely NO mechanical ability will belittle these people, when basically all THEY can do is turn the key in their new car, bought with their daddies money. ( there, I have said a negative comment about these people, and I apologize if I have hurt THEIR feelings). In defense of BULLIES EVERYWHERE, I would like to say... Many of us, after having our feelings hurt by your statements have NOT "Rolled over and died", but Rolled UP OUR SLEEVES and re doubled our efforts with the " I"ll Show THEM" attitude. I would like to say this to everyone out there working hard on their projects,be it Music, Art, Sports, Carpentry or Mechanics, Take a Deep Breathe, let the negative comments be your FUEL to propel you on to Greater things.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Urgh.. you ought to highlight some of the better builds.. these ones are mediocre..
      JP
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a nice looking car but his wh/mi is really high at 450wh/mi. That seems pretty bad for such a small car. My Fiero is around 270wh/mi. I like the solar panels, shows what may be possible in the future with more efficient cells. He needs some on the roof too ;-)
      BraveLil'Toaster
      • 1 Year Ago
      If by "looks good" you mean "designed by the inmates at the insane asylum". Like, literally. It reminds me of the crazy lady around here who drives around in her scooter with a 4-foot-tall sign with a handwritten-in-jiffy-marker screed about how Jesus is LORD. If the screed about electric cars scrawled on the side wasn't enough, the laughably inadequate solar panels pasted on every other surface do wonders for its design sense. If by "wonders" you mean "make the driver look even crazier".
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