If you want a convertible electric car, you really only have two choices; a Tesla Roadster, or a Model S sedan with the top sawed off by Newport Convertible Engineering. Rumors said as many as 100 Model S convertibles had been ordered for a Chinese customer, and NCE has rolled out the first of these four-door droptop EVs in the above video.
The video is actually a couple of months old, dating back to July, and a few things changed between the drawing board and actual production. Most obviously is the fact that NCE retained the central B-pillars, most likely to keep the Tesla’s structural integrity intact and/or to support the massive retractable roof.
NCE actually has a whole slew of videos showing the Tesla convertible conversion process, and there’s also this local news story that gets up close with a completed Model S convertible. If you’re into the idea of a convertible sedan with and soft top that just sort of sits on top of the trunk, get on the horn to NCE and prepare to pony up about $29,000 for them to remove your Tesla’s roof. NCE will also perform a convertible conversion on Tesla rivals like the Cadillac ELR and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid if the Tesla isn’t you cup of tea.
Not your cup of tea? Me neither, but NCE does offer another, more appealing conversion if you ask me, and that’s a Tesla Model S coupe. While a final finished version hasn’t debuted yet, a two-door Model S looks a lot less awkward, but still stands out at your local Supercharger stations, though it’ll cost you another 50% over the base price of a 60 kWh Model S, about $35,000. That’s the cost of exclusivity I guess.
I guess for some people, having a cutting edge electric luxury car just isn’t enough anymore.