Classic gets electric conversion
Image: Clemson, 2007; Carla MacNeil, 2009
Many people feel that classic cars should be preserved as faithfully as possible so that they retain the same characteristics that they possessed when they rolled out of the factory.
However, there are those who choose to take vintage underpinnings and create something modern and new.
A college student at TCU definitely falls into the latter category, as TCU 360 reports that he has recently converted a 1974 Porsche 914, so that it runs on electricity rather than gas.
The Porsche 914 in question was little more than a shell when Stephen Weis got his hands on it back in high school, but he has continued to work on it over the years and turned it into a clean, green alternative to traditional sports cars.
The engine was donated to Weis and actually comes from an electric-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee, while the 914 has had to be outfitted with several batteries, both under the hood and in the trunk.
The car can be charged from a standard wall socket, thanks to the built-in charging station that it features, so it can be powered up at home.
With work being put into the vehicle for the past seven years, it is impressive to see what can be achieved when using a classic car as the template.