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Old 10-15-2019, 11:35 AM   #1
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These guys are converting a 986 Boxster to electric power.

Saw this on youtube, kind of interesting.

If you're interested in this project, you can follow it here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_SOP86n-PM&list=PLbwOEg3Q-BOzmtPfmGGMIwg-qV9Ah2HQI

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There is a kid that converted one a few years ago. Think he was in the Seattle area or somewhere on the west coast.
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Guy from LA posted on this forum one for sale just the other day. Yellow. Tits. $17K.

80-100 mile range. Beautiful!
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Old 10-16-2019, 07:58 PM   #4
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Here is another one: https://randomev.wordpress.com/ Even run with a Raspberry Pi.
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Old 10-17-2019, 06:07 AM   #5
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Guy from LA posted on this forum one for sale just the other day. Yellow. Tits. $17K.

80-100 mile range. Beautiful!
The post was temporarily deleted. 17k for an all electric Box? What? That would be awesome!
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The post was temporarily deleted. 17k for an all electric Box? What? That would be awesome!
Did you miss it? Speed Yellow. Looked very nice. It was clear there was some serious quid invested in it.

Only downside was it only got from 80-100 miles per charge... and it charged via a standard wall outlet.

I thought it was awesome... considered it... wife said, "No".
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Did you miss it? Speed Yellow. Looked very nice. It was clear there was some serious quid invested in it.

Only downside was it only got from 80-100 miles per charge... and it charged via a standard wall outlet.

I thought it was awesome... considered it... wife said, "No".
Yeah, It was deleted when I went to look for it. I'd have jumped on it, if it was closer to me. Was it a Tesla conversion? I think that's what they're installing in the OP's video. 80-100 mile range works well for my wife. Her commute is only about 10 miles each way.
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Yeah, It was deleted when I went to look for it. I'd have jumped on it, if it was closer to me. Was it a Tesla conversion? I think that's what they're installing in the OP's video. 80-100 mile range works well for my wife. Her commute is only about 10 miles each way.

It wasn't a Tesla conversion. I forge the details... but I visited the website from where he sourced the parts and it was a legit outfit. One of our members suggested ~$30K went into the conversion. It looked to be a real clean conversion... no Mickey Mouse stuff.

My wife's commute is ~8 miles round trip... and I thought she'd jump on it.
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You can pick up a totaled tesla for around $10k, sometimes much less. If you have the time it looks like a great conversion. Something I may do in the future. I saw an X sell for $11k yesterday that had front end damage, would have been a great one to pull the batteries and motors out of.
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You can pick up a totaled tesla for around $10k, sometimes much less. If you have the time it looks like a great conversion. Something I may do in the future. I saw an X sell for $11k yesterday that had front end damage, would have been a great one to pull the batteries and motors out of.
I would love to do that, but there would be a lot of things to consider. 1st and foremost, those lithium ion batteries can turn into roman candles very easily. 2nd, getting the computers to work with all the anti-theft stuff and who knows what else.
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What computers? on the 986 the immobilizer is no longer necessary. In a nut shell it's no different then putting in a LS engine. All you need is the engine (battery & motors) and a computer to control it. Not something that is trivial, but that is all it basically is. The biggest cost is the tesla battery & motors. The rest is just creating mountings, wiring and a controller.

I give it another 2-5 years and there will be commercial solutions where you buy kits for many cars. Then when Tesla stops making cars (it will happen) and focus' on just battery & motors it will be even easier.
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What computers? on the 986 the immobilizer is no longer necessary. In a nut shell it's no different then putting in a LS engine. All you need is the engine (battery & motors) and a computer to control it. Not something that is trivial, but that is all it basically is. The biggest cost is the tesla battery & motors. The rest is just creating mountings, wiring and a controller.

I give it another 2-5 years and there will be commercial solutions where you buy kits for many cars. Then when Tesla stops making cars (it will happen) and focus' on just battery & motors it will be even easier.
The Tesla computers to control the batteries & motor, is what I am concerned about. So you're saying ditch the Tesla computer and install some 3rd party controller? I get it. like you said, not trivial. My skill/knowledge level is way below that. I'd try a purpose-made kit, though.
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Correct. If you watch what all of these are doing none of them are using oem controllers, they all build their own...not a trivial thing, but not impossible either.

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