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“It’s simple to live with:” Conversions of classic cars to electric vehicles are on the rise

Having a classic vehicle is an emotional exercise: while they can inspire memories of bygone days, they can also test one’s patience with oil spills, replacement components, and a lack of modern conveniences. According to Russ Shepherd, who does work with EVolution’s Electric Car Cafe, it’s a combination of both of these causes that are driving up interest in electric vehicle conversions.

He claims that the electric vehicle conversion company is receiving an unusual number of requests to assist with the conversion of historic vehicles, and he feels that the devil is in the details. Shepherd claims that the company is converting a lot of historic cars at the moment and that inquiries have increased since last year. “In comparison to the previous year, there’s more enthusiasm in conversions month to month,” Shepherd told The Driven. “I believe that’s due to the way we’re packaging it, as well as the fact that buyers want more drama and character in their electric vehicles.”

Converted historic automobiles are an alternative to Tesla Model 3 – that, despite and possibly because of its ground-breaking innovation, has been dubbed the “Californian cockroach” (although the majority are currently made in China). The converted classic automobile, on the other hand, “has a history and a story that you don’t get with a new EV,” Shepherd says. “It’s not only about switching to electric,” he argues, “it’s about making them comfortable to live with.” He claims that the conversion process has progressed significantly. While replacing an internal combustion engine (ICE) with an electric motor is one thing, doing so alone does not always result in a car that is simple to live with.

He explains, “The way we do things is we’re not only converting to electric, but we’re also making them daily drivable.” “We’ll have heated seats with proximity locking, air conditioning, electric power steering, Apple Carplay, and other features.” “From a safety standpoint, we add side impact protection bars, increase suspension, and install modern brakes, so there’s no reason to drive a classic anymore, and they become a very viable alternative to a current Hyundai or Tesla.” It’s not simply about wanting to acquire a piece of history that’s been converted. “The cars that are presented to us almost always have a backstory. “We don’t usually touch the bodywork,” he explains, “but the customers who come to us have a specific affection for a model.”

He points to a 1992 Range Rover that was salvaged from a Melbourne garage and given a new lease on life as the daily driver. “The customer’s father used to own a Range Rover, and he wishes to relive that experience, but in an electric vehicle,” Shepherd explains. The Range Rover is expected to be capable of driving up to 200 kilometers in one go and towing a trailer.

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