This past Saturday High Voltage Hot Rods held an open house at their shop to publicly introduce the Electrovair III, a 1966 Corvair Monza that was converted to electric drive. In attendance at the event was the Gold Coast Electric Auto Association, the Boca Raton Corvair Club, as well as many others from the neighborhood who have been watching us build the car.
The Electrovair III uses an AC50 motor and a 2 speed automatic PowerGlide transmission. The ride is really smooth and offers more power than the original gas engine. The overall driving characteristics of the car was greatly improved over the original and we expect the electric motor to be way more reliable. The car has a 21kwh battery pack and a range of about 70 miles on a charge. A larger pack could be put in for more range. All of the battery cells are monitored by a battery management system that controls charging and discharging to prevent over charging or over discharge.
The parts used in this build, as well as a kit, will soon be in the High Voltage Online Store for the DIY crowd or anyone can ship us their Corvair and we can do the conversion for them. The total cost to do this conversion including labor for a turn key car is $31,500. We are taking orders to reserve spots on our calendar now.