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Old 12-10-2015, 01:00 PM   #1
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EV Project: Converting my 2004 Boxster to Electric Vehicle

Hi All,

I have been posting info and questions on various threads on my work on my 986 and many people have asked when I was going to post a build thread...

Since people on both this forum as well as the DIYelectriccar forum would be interested in it, I thought of creating a website and updating it.

I have just started putting the website together (my son is helping and we are using Wix to build the site) and below is the link. Note this is still WIP and I have just posted the pics on the Dismantling' section. Will post more pics as I get time.

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Current stage:
  • Dismantling complete with engine and gas tank out
  • Drive train assembled and fitted on engine
  • currently making battery boxes and working on the Power Steering conversion

Do check it out and feel free to send your comments...

Attached are teaser pics of the assembled and fitted drive train...
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Old 12-10-2015, 01:26 PM   #2
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thats a big ass electric motor!
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Old 12-10-2015, 02:55 PM   #3
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Hi JayG,

It is not so big...a 9" DC motor the Warp9 from Netgain. Perhaps looks bigger because it is closer to the lens...A Warp11 would be bigger...:-)
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Where are u located. I'd live to check it out in person.
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That's awesome! I will be checking updates!
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Old 12-10-2015, 08:42 PM   #7
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What's the plan for the batteries?
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Old 12-11-2015, 04:27 AM   #8
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Very cool! I checked out the website but can't find info on power output of these motors... Would be interesting to put a Warp 13 in one of these
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Old 12-11-2015, 04:58 AM   #9
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Thstone,

Have procured 45 CALB batteries which are the most recommended by EV'ers. That will make it 144V nominal.

John,

LOL! Takes us to Warp 13, Scotty! They don't make Warp13 yet. However for some applications one can put two Warp engines back to back, meaning coupling their shafts! So you could make 18 or 22! For the 986 Warp 9 should be enough, probably this too will spin the tires...

Thanks BigJake!
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Old 12-11-2015, 07:00 AM   #10
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Thstone,

Have procured 45 CALB batteries which are the most recommended by EV'ers. That will make it 144V nominal.
Where are they going to go?
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:46 AM   #11
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Here is the plan for the location of the batteries:
  • 1st Battery box (BB) of 9 ready and will go in the place where the gas tank was. See pic.
  • 2nd and 3rd BB of 9 each, in preparation, will go on the driver side of the DC motor
  • Hoping to fit the 4th and 5th BB similarly on the passenger side of the DC motor
  • In future if I need to add batteries I will be able to put some where the exhaust muffler was. I will have to change my controller too then! I could perhaps go to 170V max with the Warp9.

I have not used up the trunk or frunk for the batteries (yet). Will be putting some electrical stuff: Charger, DC to DC converter, BMS in the bottom ~6 inches of the frunk. Hope to find the same material to line the 'new' bottom of the frunk.. And the electrical contactor box in the trunk using up about 20% of space...

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Old 12-12-2015, 03:40 PM   #12
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Nice!! I was thinking about doing an LS conversion on my 01 Boxster S but this is intriguing. Will need more power then this particular DC motor can supply. I understand it is not cheap, $40,000 all in for parts?
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Great project! In light of the recent Paris accord, this may just be the wave of the future. You'll just have to make your own vroom-vroom noises!
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Old 12-15-2015, 01:38 AM   #14
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Do you really need the gearbox?

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Maybe he doesn't need the gearbox, but he needs a diff and something that brings the power to the axles.

Regards, Markus

BTW: nice and very interesting project. At the moment we do have a 996 EV conversion over here in Germany. Conversion is done. Car drives, but some detail work left: Umrüstung / Entwicklung Powertrain Porsche 911 (996) auf Elektroantrieb - Elektro Porsche - PFF - unabhängiges Porsche Magazin & Forum
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I had a chat with my indy tech who did a conversion in a 944 this past year. He said thataround town it was mostly 2nd gear but on the highway, 5th reduced the energy consumption.
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Old 12-16-2015, 12:03 PM   #17
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Technically with the amount to torque delivered by the DC motor even at low rpm, one would not need a gear box per se. However, as pointed out by SmallBlock, coupling the wheels to the motor would be a big hassle and one would have to design a transaxle! It is better to keep the gearbox in my mind and use the advantage of low consumption at higher speeds as NewArt correctly describes. I intend to start in 2nd or 3rd gear and will stay in that gear for around-town and get to 5th gear on Freeways speeds.
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Old 12-16-2015, 05:32 PM   #18
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No clutch needed?
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Old 12-17-2015, 06:26 AM   #19
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I have used/kept the stock DMFW and clutch. In fact I had the adapter plate designed such that I keep the stock RPM hall effect sensor. I have to figure out a way to connect it to the stock RPM dial in the instrument panel. Need some expertise in finding out how I can do that.
I have disconnected the engine harness from the DME but kept the DME in the car as of yet...Anyone have detailed knowledge of the DME connections? Would love to talk to you...::-)
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:49 AM   #20
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I installed a subaru engine in my 98, I probabally have the dme wiring info u need.
Or at least a start at it.
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