In the “Can I convert a gas vehicle to electric” installation of our Greenlings series we featured a video of a very sweet ’57 Porsche 356 Speedster reproduction from Special Edition that had an electric drivetrain installed in place of its original gas-burner. Jack Rickard, the man behind that project, has now begun a second conversion that, Speedster styling aside, should be even sweeter. Not only that, as part of his EV-TV website effort, every bit of the process is being filmed and posted for free on the Internets.
Once it’s completed, the extended MINI will be packing 54 kWh of lithium badness to power its AC motor. That should give it a real world 150-mile range, leaving the official MINI E from BMW crying for an extension cord. All that and a back seat too! You can find all kinds of great information about the conversion and a wealth of related wisdom on his blog and catch up on several already completed episodes on his Cooper Clubman page. Can’t spare that kind of time right now? Hit the jump for the introductory episode as well as a bonus video of his Speedster getting lots of love from his local news station.