Electric Conversion: 1980 Lotus Eclat

The Lotus Eclat was in essence a Lotus Elite with a handsome fastback body shape, but it shared the Lotus 907 4-cylinder engine and lackluster build quality. Today’s example won’t change your mind about 1980s Lotus build quality, but it packs an electronic surprise under the hood. Find this 1980 Lotus Eclat offered for $6,500 in Albany, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On and Matt.

From the seller:

condition: good
cylinders: other
drive: rwd
fuel: electric
odometer: 45558
paint color: yellow
size: mid-size
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: coupe
This Lotus EV is a kit which includes all of the major components needed to get this classic car on the road again including a pack of lithium ion batteries that I recycled from an EV that had 2 years of usage. The batteries are 100Ah are in good condition and will match the120V Elcon charger.

The car was converted to Electric in 2012 with Optima batteries, driven to the California DMV and was given a Referee Certificate as a Pure Electric Vehicle (EV) with an odometer reading of 40558 mi. I drove it for another 5000 miles until the batteries died.

The Lotus currently has:
10” Mars Series wound DC motor
Miata 5 speed transmission with a clutchless adapter and a custom driveline to the lotus differential
Curtis 1221C controller
Elcon 120v onboard charger
DC-DC solid state converter to charge the 12v accessory battery
10 Optima D34 yellow top batteries and 1 red top (all dead)
The vacuum assist headlight raising mechanism has been replaced with an electric motor
The tires are new, made for minimum rolling resistance mounted to 4 Enkei after market rims in good condition

The exterior is in good shape except for the bumpers (see photos), all of the glass is intact.
The interior is original leather but has a few seams that need attention, The head liner has been removed, and the dash board has been modified to receive new switches and a double height radio. There are other cosmetic parts of the interior that need attention which can be seen in the attached photos.

I do hope someone will keep this rare version of the classic Lotus on the road with a contemporary and eco friendly drive train.

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