This might sound blasphemous coming from a website that clearly marks itself with “Motor Culture” in their branding, but hear me out before making assumptions. Maybe having an 100% electric Zelectric Porsche 911 isn’t a bad thing at all!
If you come from the world of classic Volkswagen Beetle, then there are chances that you might have already heard of Zelectric Motors, a company headed by David Benardo and his wife Bonnie Rodgers. They specialise in retrofitting old Volkswagen Beetles with a 100% electric powertrain. The resulting conversion is very aptly called it the ZelectricBug, a fully electric retro Beetle that produces twice the horsepower as the original, with half the niggles. Featuring a 65KW electric motor that is good to produce 120lb-ft (160Nm) of instant torque that can push the electric Beetle beyond 100mph with relative ease. Double the power and a 80-100 mile (128 – 160 km) range doesn’t sound like such a bad thing at all.
For most, electric Beetles are fine, no complains there. But an electric Porsche 911 is completely different turf. Zelectric would convert a number of cars to 100% electric machines, which include a few Porsche cars such as the Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914 and Replicas cars. The Zelectric Porsche 911 gets its factory air-cooled flat-six removed and replaced by a new dual AC-34 electric motor that produces 150 horsepower and 214 lb-ft (290Nm) of toque. The Zelectric Porsche 911 is good for a 150mph (241kmph) top end run, although that isn’t really why one buys a classic Porsche.
Look and feel of a classic Porsche 911, that’s actually the whole reason why one buys a classic Porsche 911. When you think of the Zelectric Porsche 911 in that regard, then the lack of the air-cooled, petrol-powered, flat-six is surely going to be missed. But apart from that, everything is a win. From where the driver is seated, there is practically no change in the look and charm of the classic Porsche 911, apart from things being a bit too quiet. In terms of practicality the Zelectric Porsche 911 would break down less and run for 180 miles (289km) between charges without the need of constant service that classic car owners dread.
If looked purely from the perspective of owning and regularly using a classic Porsche 911, the Zelectric Porsche 911 conversion makes every sense in the world. As an owner, one can enjoy the experience of driving a classic Porsche while countess other skirmish around for parts.
The Zelectric Porsche 911 will be on display at this year’s Luftgekült4 that takes place at Los Angeles on May 7, 2017.