When most of us think of "electric" cars or a vehicle that is purpose built to be environmentally friendly, the Porsche brand is probably not top of mind. It's not that Porsche makes cars that pollute any more than others (despite all the recent news in London) it is simply a matter of being better known as makers of the ultimate, everyday supercar; the Porsche 911.
Today's Porsche 911s (997 variants) have their roots in all Porsche models that came before them. One such model is the Porsche 912. Imagine my surprise when surfing around the other day I came across a 1967 Porsche 912 that has been converted to an environmentally friendly, electric Porsche.
Converting a Porsche 912 to an Electric Motor
Based on an article from the German Magazine Der Spiegel, it would seem that Jens Broedersdorff and Uwe Koenzen have successfully completed a two-year long conversion of a 1967 Porsche 912 to an all electric version. This ultra quiet, electric version of a classic Porsche has a very limited range of only 90 kilometers (about 55 miles). However, with a top speed of 160 km/h (just under 100 mph) and electric quick acceleration it is certainly a novelty worth mentioning. Jens and Uwe estimate the operational costs to be somewhere around $2.45 per 55 miles making it very cost effective, just not practical as a long distance commuter. Let's hope they can get some more range out of the car and who knows where they can go from there.
I searched long and hard to try and find more technical specifications on this project. If anyone has additional information or other resources, I would love to hear from you.
[Source: Der Spiegel]