EV Conversion: 1974 Porsche 914

Battery-powered vehicles have been around for well over 100 years, it’s not a new phenomenon. I would argue that it’s also not a flash-in-the-pan feel-good exercise for folks often labeled as tree-huggers or any such nonsense. They really are a technological tour de force which makes it always surprising for me to hear real car guys and gals cut them down as being a waste of time. This 1974 Porsche 914 EV can be found here on eBay in Lake Forest, California and the current bid is just over $2,200 with no reserve.

These are the only two exterior photos, which is always supremely disappointing. There are no photos showing the other side of the car at all, for all we know it could be missing, or pink, or who knows what. For a seller to have put such an incredible amount of work into what looks like a nice EV conversion, if they would have taken just two or three minutes to take better photos it could have made a real difference in the selling price. But, it is what it is, as no Porsche driver said, ever.

The steering wheel is electrifying and/or shocking, and I promise that’s the only pun that I’ll use on this one. We have seen quite a few EV conversions here before and I think they’re always interesting. I have one, a 1988 Subaru GL EV conversion, one that our own Jamie Palmer knows very well because it’s been stored in his shop building for several years now. Thanks, Jamie! If an original engine is kaput, it’s a fun way to do your daily commute or to run errands, which most of us could easily do with just a 30 or 40-mile range.

The seller says that this one has a range of just 35 miles which is much lower than I expected to see, but that’s still more than most of us would commute on a daily basis. I mean, back when we commuted other than from the bedroom to the dining room table to be on Zoom meetings all day. And, then commute back to the kitchen 8-feet away for a sandwich and then back to the dining room table again. Remember commuting and how we all complained about it, but most of us would give anything to go back to those days again, just a few short months ago?

The seller says that this great looking 914 body is, well, they don’t actually mention the body at all, but it sure looks great. There is a 12-volt control battery from a 2012 Chevrolet Volt and it has lithium-ion batteries, which makes the 35-mile range a head-scratcher. It does need work, as evidenced by the super low bid price. The D&D motor needs rewinding, the transmission needs seals, and the emergency brake needs work. All of that is doable in a single-car garage and it would sure be a fun way to grab some groceries without making any noise.

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  1. Skorzeny

    Wow, no thanks!

    Like 6
  2. Kenneth Carney

    Wow! I’m pretty charged up about this
    project. But the limited range is what’s
    shocking to me. A stock Chevy Volt
    can go much farther than this car can.
    What’s got me amped up is the fact that
    cars like these could be used as alternative transportation in the event
    a hurricane or some other catastrophe
    knocks out the power grid. You could
    make this car more usable by having a
    car cover made with flexible solar panels
    that would recharge the car when you
    park it at work. By the time you get off,
    it should be fully charged and ready to
    take you home again. Like the lithium
    ion battery, but where’s the re-gen brake
    system you hear about on other modern
    EVs? It would be wise to add it to give
    you a bit more range. Other than that,
    it’s a really neat project you’ll really get a
    charge out of.

  3. bobhess bobhess Member

    35 mile range? Nice experiment but pretty worthless for transportation.

    Like 7
  4. Doyler

    There’s something not quite right here.

    Like 4
  5. misterlou Member

    Ziptie battery supports says it all.

    Like 3
  6. fred_dot_u

    I have that motor in my Gizmo EV. It’s a SepEx design, which provides for regen braking if the controller supports it. I have one-half of a Volt battery in my Ariens AmpRider electric riding mower. The low range is likely due to the not-complete-Volt pack installed in this vehicle. At the current price, it seems like a pretty good deal. Add a couple more Volt modules in parallel and more range is yours.

  7. Car Nut Tacoma

    Awesome looking car. Awesome EV conversion. I’ve always loved the Porsche 914, probably more so than the 911. I’d buy one if I could find someone willing to part with it. $2,200 sounds like a reasonable asking price for a car of this vintage.

    Like 2
  8. fran

    Yeah, WOW, NO THANKS!!!! Terrible, 35 mile range!! How does the seller know this by the description, it needs everything! Only in California.

    Like 1
  9. Jim

    Go to the eBay site, not as good as it looks, even at that price. It needs a lot & what it needs isn’t Cheap…………..

  10. JudoJohn

    At this price, you could get rid of the 1st generation EV motor and batteries. EV West makes good, reliable and powerful electric motors and battery packs for these and other classic cars. If you use today’s technology, you can get great power, good range, and smooth reliable transportation.

    Like 4
  11. Steve

    Looks like there is enough room in the engine (motor?) bay to hold a few more batteries to extend the range a wee bit more.


    Would’nt even make a good grocery getter as-is/
    Already mentioned…but take it to EV West for a proper upgrade.

  13. Claudio Member

    A grocery getter with no room to put the groceries!
    It sold for 4 k
    I would love to have this but being canadian has its draw backs …
    We cannot license a modified car and this is !
    And it would cost me a small fortune to get it to montreal
    So 4 k would get up to around 10k and we dont have any ev shops !
    I have a carrera gt body waiting for this type conversion but its not worth me putting money in it , if i cant drive it !

    Like 1
  14. V8roller

    I think those of us in the UK and US have to be grateful that our Gubmts still allow is to modify cars.
    Although perhaps not like this one.

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