NOTE: This car has been sold in April 2015. I had listed it for sale on several websites in late 2014. I've learned that in September 2017 someone listed this car for sale on `evfinder.com` reusing words from this website. I do not know if that for-sale listing is legitimate or not. I did not list the car on `evfinder.com` after I sold it in 2015. I am not fully aware of what happened with this car after I sold it. I'd had contact with the buyer a few times until 2016. - David Herron
It's a "looker" that routinely generates interest in parking lots, driving down the street, or even when it's parked in front of the house. People are blown away by how it looks, and the quality of the EV conversion under the hood.
It won "Best Classic EV Conversion" three years running at the Silicon Valley EAA Chapter's yearly EV Rally. I drove this car in that chapters world record event, September 2014, for the largest number of EV's ever in a parade.
|1971 Karmann Ghia convertible
Unfortunately the above is no longer true, as of early 2015. The controller appears to have a problem producing the same power it used to give. I tried debugging the system, doing everything but replacing the controller, and only got minor improvements. The battery pack is as good as it ever was, the motor doesn't look like it has any problems, I did some work to ensure the POT Box was positioned correctly, etc.
The behavior is that occasionally the system power poops out while driving. I've also noticed the controller runs hotter than it used to, hence the suspicion that the controller has developed a fault. The car works best when running in 3rd gear.
Even though the car has a short driving range, about 50 miles, the fast charging time makes it possible to make longish trips in a day.
For example a drive from Mountain View to Monterey is achievable by making a full recharge at a charging station in Gilroy, a full charge in Monterey (while you're seeing the sights), and then a full charge again in Gilroy on the way home.
I've done that trip a couple times (to go to Laguna Seca Raceway), have driven it to San Francisco several times, and even to the Sonoma Speedway.