Moderator's Note: Split off from here: Conversions in Florida
This seems a good place for my first post. I have an electric Porsche on order from Paul. I've been waiting a very long time, due to various delays, but they tell me it will be shipped tomorrow. I'll believe it when I'm driving it. So many time-related promises unfulfilled that I'm skeptical now of promises.
However, he has been converting Porsches for a long time, and has a reputation for doing very good work.
A big difference between Tesla Motors and Paul, is that Tesla is a production company, currently turning out 15 cars a day, if I've been told correctly, with plans to ramp up production and expand to lower and lower priced electric cars. Paul's is a conversion shop that takes existing cars one at a time, and converts them.
The price comparison can be misleading, because if you are on a budget you can buy a very old, relatively cheap donor car, and install smaller components for less range and power. But if you want a car as beautiful, as new, as fast, as a Tesla Roadster, and with the same range, The Tesla itself would probably be cheaper than a conversion.
The car I'm getting is a recent model Porsche 911 in very nice condition. To my eye, it's as nice looking as the Roadster, but of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. From the promises Paul has given me, and based on his reputation I have no reason to doubt these, my Porsche will have about half the acceleration of a Tesla (0 to 60 in about double the time) and about half the range (125 to 140 miles). I am happy with these numbers because I'm not a speed freak, and I never drive more than 75 miles in a day unless I take a 300 to 400 mile road trip. The 911 has about double the interior space of a Roadster, and the 911 is MUCH more comfortable to sit in. (I have sat in a Roadster, and was given a ride, though I've not driven one.) Price was in the same ballpark. The Roadster is very small. Zero space behind the seats, and a microscopic trunk, the size of one golf bag. Batteries do take up space. The Roadster uses lithium-ion batteries with a liquid cooling system. My Porsche will have lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, which are thermally stable and do not require cooling. They are supposed to be good for 2,000 cycles, which would be 250,000 miles; the life of the car.
I'll post pictures once I have the car. Knock on wood that it actually comes. (*Raps knuckles on head*) Below is a picture of the car at the used car dealer before conversion.