Friday, April 6, 2018

Electric overload(ed): Electrified 1998 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Another day, another Miata post on good old DT.  We've done a fastback, blown heart transplant and cream puff and there was once even a diesel conversion featured, so now today's answer is a plug-in electric conversion.  Supposedly, this is the future of classic car ownership, once the last gallon of crude is burned off in China while making a rubber spatula for Walmart.  I'm skeptical, but I'm always the last in line.  Find this 1998(?) Mazda MX-5 Miata EV - Plug in Electric Conversion for sale in Spanaway, WA for $29,999 via craigslist.

One small blurry flip phone picture is apparenly all the seller could provide.  Maybe the batteries in his camera were dead (oh, the irony).

Here's the run down on the conversion per the ad:

100% ELECTRIC!!!

Professionally built by Nor-Pac EV Conversions - this car is build #37.
1998 Mazda MX-5 Miata
79,XXX miles
NEW Transmission
NEW Front and Rear Suspension
NEW Front and Rear Brakes
Tires have less than 500 miles
Motor: HPEVS AC-51
Controller: Curtis 1239e 600 Amp, 144 Volt
Instrumentation: Xantrex Link Pro
Shunt: Deltec 600 Amp
Transmission Adapter Kit: Billet Aluminum
Charger: Elcon PFC2500
J1772 Charge: J1772 Inlet, and Controller
Chill Plate for controller
Cooling System for controller
Throttle Control: Evnetics Hall Effect
DC/DC Converter: 400 Watt Elcon
Controller Mount: 1/4" Aluminum Heat Sink
Battery Voltage: 144 Volts, 
Battery Type: 6 Tesla Model S Modules 
Battery Capacity: 232Ah, 5.3kWh per module
Built in Regen braking

THIS BABY IS FAST!!! 0-60 in under 4 seconds!!! 
Top speed: Over 125 MPH in 5th gear!

Great commuter, over 120 miles on a charge! 

Serious inquiries only!!! Text me for more information! Price is firm, no trades, Cash or face to face transaction at YOUR BANK!!!

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Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.


  1. Ha!
    Shame there aren't more pics.

    1. One would think if you were asking 30K on Craigslist, you could be bothered to take a few pics with your phone for your ad.

    2. Battery died.

  2. I love this car just because of the commenters here it will royally piss off. ROFL.

    1. That seems somewhat churlish . No one gets pissed off here. We are merely amused. Heres an electrified E9 that once made 600 hp at the wheels...and later caught fire and burned up.....I mean crispy.......the shell isnt even usable...a few panels maybe

    2. @woodieman. See Bobinott. Over and over and over again.

    3. Bobinott is always welcome to post here.

  3. Wait.

    So I could buy a BRAND NEW MX-5 for about $25K.

    Or... I could buy a 20 YEAR OLD USED Miata with a tiny electric motor... for only $5,000 MORE?


    SO tempting....

    Are batteries not included?

    -Stan (the other Stan...)

  4. Somewhere in a scrapyard, a Geo Metro is crying....

  5. Now hang on a minute... “5th gear”??? How does *that* work?

  6. The King of NoobsApril 7, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Impressive build, insane price. Electric vehicles can use a transmission just fine, but Tesla's don't. Electric motors make peak torque at 0 RPM, so the rational for a transmission is more for higher speeds than anything else

  7. That's an impressive build sheet. An MX-5 that does 0-60 in 4 seconds costs a lot more than $30k, and the instant torque on an electric car is extremely addictive. This thing would absolutely roast those rear tires.

    For reference, the last gen Nissan Leaf topped out at 30KwH battery packs, so I'd guess this lighter Miata might get ~150 on a charge (if you keep your foot out of it - good luck!)


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