One of the nice things about being a known sucker for a particular type of car is that people seek you out when they have interesting versions. Which is pretty much why a guy named David contacted me to see if I wanted to drive an electric-converted '63 Beetle. I did want, and I did drive.
This conversion job wasn't the work of a backyard experimenter with a bunch of possibly stolen golf cart batteries. The Zelectric Beetle is a surprisingly well-engineered conversion, with the drivetrain engineering done by the same folks that gave us the Pike's Peak-climbing electric BMW E3, and it shows.