Increasingly stringent emissions regulations imposed in most parts of the world and, let’s face it, the limited amount of fossil fuels have pushed the automotive industry towards electric play.
Every major player makes at least one EV, and even budget brands, like Dacia, have taken a first step in this direction. This has led to the creation of some very interesting cars over the years, from Tesla’s SEXY range to hypercars from Rimac and Renault’s Twizy, which has got to be one of the weirdest machines out there.
Now, while most would go electric with a brand new vehicle, others think classic cars look unmatched. This leads us to wonder which car would you electromod and why? Would it be similar to the world of tuning for the vast majority of people, who usually start with whatever is in their garage at the time and invest huge sums of money in it or does it require preparation additional? One thing is certain, retrofitting a battery-electric powertrain to an old one is tricky work that few would dare to undertake.
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Still, we’ve seen a variety of vehicles converted to run on electricity before and covered a whole bunch of them over the years. The 1960s Ford Mustang is the one that comes to mind, as it preserves the looks of the original model and packs a pair of electric motors for a combined 469 hp and 885 lb-ft of torque ( 1200 Nm). It is capable of reaching 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4 seconds, has a range of 200 miles (321 km) and each of the 499 units that will see the light of day will cost a fortune: 300,000 € (~ 370,000 $) in the UK.
Someone has gone so far as to convert a stock Ford Bronco, while others have taken an even bigger step into this world by involving some of the biggest names in the supercar segment, such as Ferrari and Porsche. Even Volkswagen couldn’t stay away from the “challenge” and has several projects, including a 1966 T1 and a Beetle with the electric powertrain from the e-Up!. There are also many Jaguar E-Type electric vehicles.
Picking out a good donor car and finding the transmission, batteries, etc., and getting it all to work takes a lot of elbow grease and a lot of Benjamins. If we had to, we would probably think of a famous and very popular car from our childhood. For me, that would be the BMW 3 Series E30 – not that it hasn’t been done before – although resisting the urge to cram a modern V8 under the bonnet and change the suspension and brakes would be difficult. What would you choose?