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We’re Going To Rock Down To Electric MR2, And Then We’ll Park It Closer!!

Robert Emslie May 12, 2010 For Sale 10 Comments

Tesla shmelsa! Who needs to drop six figures for an electric sportscar when there are people who look at the cost of replacing a blown motor in an old MR2 and then just say charge it.

Eight grand will put you behind the wheel of this’88 MR2 that has seen its 4A-GE replaced by a DC motor and more lead-acid batteries than a Pep Boys warehouse. Despite that load of lead, which causes the car to appear snooty with its nose in the air, the seller claims it’s only good for trips of 40 miles or less. A lot less should you need to get out of somebody’s way or want to use the freeway.

A lot of effort has gone into the car – actually building a working and reliable electric car is more complicated than you might think – but the end result, like many an attempt, leaves much to be desired. The seller even notes that you’ll probably not be able to drive it home unless you live in his neighborhood, never a stellar selling point for any car.

Still, if you’re jonesing for an Electric MR2, you can find the ad on the Bay Area Craigslist.

  • A perfectly nice little Mister Two spoiled by Greenieness. Unless the car was slated to be junked, a crime has been committed.

  • They're charging too much.

  • Ash78

    Just stick a mini wind turbine on the top for perpetual energy. Duh.

    Also, this thing could use some stiffer rear springs, I suspect. A sporty enough launch and you have no steering for a few seconds.

  • 40 miles is way more than enough for how much I drive each day, but with lead acid batteries I think the range would be going down rapidly. As in almost daily.

  • Alan

    As an AW11 owner I can already tell you the car has almost too light of a nose and a propensity to oversteer.

    The weight distribution issue clearly demonstrated in photos if this POS don't speak highly of the quality of conversion.

    • You'd think he'd at least put a few batteries in the frunk to balance things out.

  • It's not like there wasn't room up front for at least a few batteries.

  • I'll grant you it's a trend that's very current but someone who takes this avenue with this car is clearly not grounded.

  • Kvhnik

    Great title for the post, though. (clap, clap, clap)

  • Damn you, Graverobber! Now I'm gonna be humming that tune all day!