The task of converting your car from gas to electric is daunting. Unless you’re an engineer, an electrician, or a savant, which I’m none of, the task may seem intriguing enough you want to do it, but daunting enough that you don’t. Well, Chevrolet has made the process just a bit easier announcing that they’ll be selling an electric crate motor with batteries for electric vehicle conversions.
One of the most popular off-roading 4x4’s of all time, this Land Rover Defender with a Tesla drive unit takes it to a whole other level. E.C.D. Automotive Design is a Florida based shop that has perfected the Land Rover Defender restoration process. E.C.D. Automotive isn’t a small shop either, they boast a 30,000 square foot warehouse with over 50 employees. Each of their builds are unique, and this one is no different. They’ve partnered with a U.K. based shop called Electric Classic Cars to make this 450 bhp E-Lander that has a claimed 0-60 time of under 5 seconds.
Disclaimer: I’m not an engineer or mechanic. The following suggestions are just thoughts from someone else going along the path to convert a car to electric. Please consult a trained professional.
Although electric vehicle conversions are becoming increasingly popular, they still (for the most part) have only been achieved by hobbyists, engineers, and madmen. For many of us laypeople, the idea of embarking on that level of a project can seem exciting, and altogether daunting. I’m really not anything close to an engineer, I can fumble my way through most technical things but have little to no knowledge about many of the intricacies of electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering. So I rely on the knowledge and expertise of others. Enter Paul Dexter, who I virtually spoke with to help answer some of these questions.
I’ve owned my project car for a little over 5 years now, and I’m working up the chutzpah to actually get going on it. My car is a 1989 Nissan Pao. Most people aren’t familiar with this car, but for those who are, you may recognize it from Jason Torchinsky over at Jalopnik, he too has one of these. Well, I love this little car, it’s got all the potential to be a cool little hot electric hatch. Right now, it just has no guts. The 1 liter 4-cylinder engine makes all of about 52hp. So when I drove it the 50 miles from Los Angeles to Orange County on the 405 last week it was quite the adventure.
Anyway, like me, maybe you’ve always wanted to take something old and make it new again. Breathe electric life into an old classic car. Today I’m gonna write out what my pie in the sky dreams are for this car, and you can tell me how crazy I am.