We were going to wait until the project was complete to post all this. But it should be interesting along the way, so here we go.
Susan and I picked up a donor car last weekend for conversion to electric. It has lots of miles and too few oil changes. It's 14 years old, a 1997 BMW Z3 Roadster.
The engine will be removed soon, along with the exhaust system and gas tank. We're hoping to sell the engine.
The plan is to add a WarP 9 electric motor, a Soliton 1 speed controller, a bunch of lithium batteries and a variety of smaller hardware.
The range should be 100 miles, enough for my daily commute to Tyson's Corner and back. That's twice the range of a Nissan Leaf. The office landlord is installing charging stations, too. All the better.
The performance may be on par with the original engine, maybe even better. Here's the first photo: