We first told you about Keith Stegath’s electric C3 Corvette back in December of 2011. Now, nearly 2 years later, the battery powered 1976 Corvette continues to take shape. In fact, Stegath told us in a recent email that the car’s first test drive was a 10 mile jaunt to a nearby car show. He also reports that he made it home that day without the need for a tow truck.
When we last saw the electric C3 the project was still in its relatively early stages. The body was off the frame and a lot of the early design and fabrication was underway. As mentioned earlier, the car is now road worthy and Keith has since added a 300 volt battery pack, a 2000 amp controller and what he describes as a “highly integrated touchscreen computer interface”. In case you’re wondering, 300 volts worth of batteries weighs about 1,200lbs. As of today, he’s got roughly 100 miles on his creation.
Currently Keith continues to work on the leather interior, the air conditioning, and that touchscreen computer interface. The body still wears a coat of primer, but he’s added a set of 1969 style side-pipes in addition to a front spoiler.
Upcoming tasks include modifying the front grills as well as adding front & rear bumperettes. He continues to tweak the graphical user interface which is now in its 3rd revision. The computer system now controls virtually everything on the car including the windows, HVAC, the intermittent windshield wipers, the headlights, interior lighting, and the stereo among others. It will also monitor the battery’s status, including current draw of the drive motor and 12 volt system as well as the inside and outside air temps.
When it comes to modifying Corvettes, there’s no limit to owners’ creativity and Keith Stegath’s battery powered 1976 coupe is a perfect example of that. Thanks, Keith for keeping up in the loop on your unique project!
Here are a few recent pix of Keith’s electric C3 conversion.
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