Turning a Street Rod into an Electric Vehicle
Electrification is taking over the industry, we’ve written about it a few times before. It’s even affecting classic cars. Over the next three weeks, we’ll be looking at iconic vehicles from the past have been upgraded, modernized, and converted to electric vehicles. This week we’re looking at Street Rods.
My current favorite has to be the ’49 Mercury Coupe – built by ICON as part of their Derelict Series. The Derelict Series is where they restomod – a term to describe mixing old and new technology to create the best of both worlds – older vehicles whose bodies show age earned natural patina. They upgraded the chassis with modern electric steering, suspension, and braking with a custom interior with electric Air Conditioning. The car uses Tesla battery modules and controllers with modified software by StealthEV.com and dual electric motors that can put out 500 lb/ft of torque. It has about a 200–mile range and can take advantage of the Tesla Supercharger.
Another one of my favorites is the 1957 Ford Fairlane Skyline hardtop convertible. The car, named “Evie,” was commissioned by New Zealand-based energy company, Mercury. It uses a Siemens AC motor originally sourced from a bus and uses a 50–kWh battery pack. Scott Drive has written some interesting software features as well. For instance, the motor idles because the car has retained the torque converter and automatic transmission.
For even more about this cool car, you can check out the making of video.
When even street rods are being turned into electric vehicles you know that electrification is really starting to take over and become widely accepted within the industry. Next week we’ll talk about some classic cars that have undergone electric conversions.