Want to see more EV convertibles? If so, what?

J.A.
By J.A. Ackley
Nov 16, 2022 | Electric Cars, ev, Genesis, Discussion, Genesis X

Photograph Courtesy Genesis

Genesis just revealed its X convertible concept. Could this be the start of a trend? What about an electrified Miata? Mini already has the SE, so what about a top-down version? GM hopes to go all-electric by 2035, could that include a Corvette EV convertible?

What are your thoughts? Is there an EV convertible that you would like to see?

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frenchyd
frenchyd GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/16/22 3:53 p.m.

Miata and Jaguar 

amg_rx7 (Forum Supporter)
amg_rx7 (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
11/16/22 4:09 p.m.

Something FRS sized with a small back seat and a drop top

Erich
Erich UberDork
11/16/22 4:24 p.m.

This isn't exactly on assignment, but I miss those half-convertible little runabouts we saw back in the 1990s like the Geo Tracker. Toyota even made a cute 2-door convertible Rav4. I think a small SUV runabout with a cloth rear top would make a fun EV. 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
11/16/22 4:49 p.m.

An EV Porsche Boxster would be pretty cool. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/16/22 5:01 p.m.
ChrisTropea said:

An EV Porsche Boxster would be pretty cool. 

Kinda very much along those lines: 

Is Now the Time for an Electric 914?

93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo UltraDork
11/17/22 1:07 p.m.
Erich said:

This isn't exactly on assignment, but I miss those half-convertible little runabouts we saw back in the 1990s like the Geo Tracker. Toyota even made a cute 2-door convertible Rav4. I think a small SUV runabout with a cloth rear top would make a fun EV. 

Your dream exists, see my thread about the Jeep Wrangler 4xe.  Jeep is bringing a full on EV to the market ASAP.  Only downside is the 4xe is only available in 4 door unlimited trim currently. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/17/22 1:24 p.m.

I don't really think "EV" is a thing here. Do you want to see more convertibles?

I'm going to say that BMW will likely take the lead here with 3 series (or whatever they call the 3 series these days, I've lost track) convertibles.

Placemotorsports
Placemotorsports GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
11/17/22 1:28 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I don't really think "EV" is a thing here. Do you want to see more convertibles?

I'm going to say that BMW will likely take the lead here with 3 series (or whatever they call the 3 series these days, I've lost track) convertibles.

Agreed, I think the point is we are missing cars that have soul.  I don't know of anyone with an EV that only takes theirs out on weekends and to cruise-ins.  A car that isn't an appliance that the masses can afford and enjoy is what we all need.  

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/17/22 2:05 p.m.

I have taken cars down to the bare frame, and have never found the soul module. I have found many flaws and bad engineering and physics problems, is that what I should be looking for? Is the soul the thing that makes it run badly until it's warm? Or is it the constant need for maintenance?

I don't take any of my cars only out on weekends and cruise-ins, and no matter how you define vehicular soul I'll bet I have one that has "it".

Driven5
Driven5 UberDork
11/17/22 2:37 p.m.

I want to see the Charger EV concept 'gone wild'.

iansane
iansane GRM+ Memberand Dork
11/17/22 2:43 p.m.

Hummer convertible.

mtn
mtn MegaDork
11/17/22 4:46 p.m.

I can't think of a single vehicle that wouldn't be improved with a convertible or targa top. So I'll go with "all of them" as the answer to the question. 

 

Edit: Wait. Diesel smells bad. So maybe no diesel convertibles? Not sold on that though, I can deal with it. 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/17/22 4:52 p.m.

E-MR2.  Gen 4 of the MR2/MR-S is a small, 2-seat convertible, but with a useable trunk and frunk this time. Should be easy on an EV platform. 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/17/22 4:53 p.m.

Oh, this has been teased already.  OK, so make it less ugly, more practical, and cheaper. 

frenchyd
frenchyd GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/17/22 4:54 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

I have taken cars down to the bare frame, and have never found the soul module. I have found many flaws and bad engineering and physics problems, is that what I should be looking for? Is the soul the thing that makes it run badly until it's warm? Or is it the constant need for maintenance?

I don't take any of my cars only out on weekends and cruise-ins, and no matter how you define vehicular soul I'll bet I have one that has "it".

Then by your definition, people don't have a soul organ.   Yet there are good, great, and kind people just like an XKE  has a soul.A Ferrari Testa Rossa has a soul,    An MGTC has a soul. The original Mini Cooper has a soul.  
    Like people,  cars have the same parts, an engine, a chassis, style and etc.  Like people have heart, brains, muscles etc. 


There are great people.  And yes bad people.  So people aren't all the same,   nor are cars.  

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/17/22 5:05 p.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) said:

Oh, this has been teased already.  OK, so make it less ugly, more practical, and cheaper. 

I kinda want this already. Not the best-looking front end, but not hideous and you can't see that while driving. I'm already trading positions with a Mini Cooper SE in autocross, if they make this in AWD it will be really hard to resist...

Edit: This as an AWD EV with insurance-reducer/cargo-expander rear seats would be like Toyota producing my dream car.

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/17/22 5:12 p.m.
Erich said:

This isn't exactly on assignment, but I miss those half-convertible little runabouts we saw back in the 1990s like the Geo Tracker. Toyota even made a cute 2-door convertible Rav4. I think a small SUV runabout with a cloth rear top would make a fun EV. 

An individual wheel-motor EV Samurai soft top would be hard to resist and even harder for an obstacle to stop, bonus points for range-extender generator option...

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
11/17/22 5:22 p.m.
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) said:

Oh, this has been teased already.  OK, so make it less ugly, more practical, and cheaper. 

Why do I want to LS-swap it? Wait, that goes against the nature of this thread. Carry on!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/17/22 6:04 p.m.
Erich said:

This isn't exactly on assignment, but I miss those half-convertible little runabouts we saw back in the 1990s like the Geo Tracker. Toyota even made a cute 2-door convertible Rav4. I think a small SUV runabout with a cloth rear top would make a fun EV. 

Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter)
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
11/17/22 7:05 p.m.

Tesla nailed it about 10 years ago. They just need to start making them again.

Erich
Erich UberDork
11/18/22 10:56 a.m.

First of all Keith how dare you post that Murano cabrio!

As to the Jeep 4xe, it's just far, far too big for anything I'd drive around that doesn't have sliding doors. I want something compact enough to park in the city, with space for the kids and some beach stuff, and the ability to get a bit of open air motoring experience. A Samurai or Rav4-sized thing would be fantastic

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
11/18/22 11:08 a.m.

^Not to mention that short wheelbase is the best thing ever for obstacle-clearing capability. There was actually a RAV4 EV with NiMH batteries produced in very small numbers...

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
11/18/22 12:51 p.m.
Driven5 said:

I want to see the Charger EV concept 'gone wild'.

That was what I thought too when I saw the thread title. Bring on the big American cruiser boat convertible!

Rons
Rons GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
11/20/22 6:30 p.m.

I'd like to see a Komatsu Honda PC 01E in my garage

Just unveiled in Japan

84FSP
84FSP UberDork
11/20/22 6:52 p.m.
Snowdoggie (Forum Supporter) said:

Tesla nailed it about 10 years ago. They just need to start making them again.

This in a Tesla/EVora?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/21/22 1:30 p.m.

Just came across this in the archives over at Classic Motorsports: Electric Speedster.

Did anything ever come of them? I get a warning when I try to open their page. 

preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
11/22/22 11:46 a.m.
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