Here's Why UK Startup Everrati's Porsche 911 Electric Conversions Are Special
It was recently announced that Canadian automotive technology supplier Magna International is aiming to electrify popular gas-powered pickup trucks with its proprietary electric axle (e-axle) conversion kit.
This means that one day legacy automakers like General Motors may not have to worry as much about retooling their production facilities or even modifying pre-existing vehicle platforms to introduce electrification on a mass scale.
The idea of converting classic cars to run on electricity is a novel one. Especially for iconic sports cars like the Porsche 911.
Recently, British startup Everrati, which specializes in electrifying classic and legendary sports cars like the Porsche 911, Ford GT and Mercedes Benz Pagoda, unveiled a new all-electric reproduction of the 964 generation of the Porsche 911.
The 964 generation Porsche 911 was manufactured and sold between 1989 and 1994. It featured significant improvements over previous model and was the first 911 to be offered with a Tiptronic automatic transmission and all wheel drive as options.
Its safe to say that these models have gone up in value over the years and its obvious that Everrati is targeting Porsche enthusiasts with its all-electric 911 conversions.
Everrati modifies classic and iconic cars by adding an electric, zero-emissions powertrain, while leaving the soul of the vehicle intact. The fully-electric powertrain offers much improved levels of outright performance, refinement and of course sustainability. But the conversions are not cheap.
Prices for Everrati's all-electric Porsche 911 conversions start at US$235,537 or €200,000 (based on current exchange rates), which does not include the cost of the donor car or any applicable taxes. The entry-level Pure variant of Everrati's 911 can accelerate to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds.
The top-of-the-line electric Porsche 911 model gets a $346,100 (£250,000) price tag and can hit the 60 MPH mark in less than 4 seconds courtesy of its 500 HP powertrain.
The Pure version delivers 180 miles of all-electric range, whereas range for the more powerful Performance Pack equipped Signature 911 model is limited to around 150 miles.
When we take into consideration the performance figures of Everrati's creations, the pricing does appear steep. For comparison, the Founders Series version of the upcoming Tesla Roadster will cost around $250,000, with a zero to 60 mph time of 1.9 seconds, making it the world's quickest car. But the limited production Roadster has not yet reached legendary status in the auto world like the Porsche 911 has.
Everatti's attention to detail however is impressive. The 911's updated, albeit classic and timeless design, might just be enough to motivate some Porsche 911 fans to place their orders despite the high cost.
The overall power output of Everrati battery-powered 911s are a significant improvement over the performance figures of the original gas-powered 964-generation Porsche 911.
All Everrati 911 models get DC fast charging capability and are powered by a 53 kWh battery pack. The powertrain also churns out around 340 lb-ft of peak torque in its standard tune, which can be bumped up to 369 lb-ft with the optional Performance Pack.
At 380 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of peak torque, the formidable 3.6-liter six-cylinder gas engine of the original sports car is no match for Everrati's state-of-the-art electric powertrain.
Safe to say, the British restoration specialist is on its way to achieving its mission of future-proofing iconic sportscars like the 911 by converting them to battery power.
Everrati's Porsche 911 electric conversions however don't sit well with Porsche CEO Oliver Blume.
"The concept of the 911 doesn't allow for a pure electric car because we have the engine in the rear and if the weight of the battery were moved to the rear you couldn't drive the car," Blume said recently. "For this decade it's very clear to me that the 911 will be a car with an ICE (internal combustion engine)."
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