From Gas Guzzlers to Green Machines: The Unstoppable Trend of Converting Old Cars to Electric
Did you know that there are over 1 billion cars on the road worldwide? With such a staggering number it’s no wonder that we’re always looking for ways to make our vehicles more eco-friendly. Luckily, a “new idea” has been tantalizing electric car enthusiasts – converting old vehicles into electric cars.
Old concept, new processes
Converting an old car to electric power is not a new idea per se but it’s becoming increasingly popular especially the past few months as people look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. In fact, according to a recent survey, more than 40% of EV drivers have considered converting an old vehicle to electric. But what exactly does it entail? The process of converting an old car to electric power involves removing the internal combustion engine and replacing it with an electric motor as well as battery pack, and other necessary components. Needless to say, it’s a complex process, but it can be done with the help of a professional conversion company.
Is it truly an affordable option?
One of the main benefits of converting an old vehicle to electric is that it’s much more cost-effective than buying a brand new electric car. According to one estimate, converting a mid-sized car to electric can cost as little as $7,500 when compared to the average cost of a new electric car which is around $55,000.
In addition to the benefits of cost-effectiveness and preservation of classic cars, using new materials such as titanium can also help make the conversion process even more efficient. The reason? Many professionals in the car manufacturing industry would describe titanium metal as the ideal material for electric car conversions due to its lightweight and high strength. For instance, using titanium in the battery pack and other components of the electric conversion can also result in a lighter and more efficient vehicle which can ultimately lead to better performance and a considerably increased driving range. In fact, some major conversion companies are already utilizing titanium in their conversion process to improve the overall efficiency and performance of the converted vehicle.
As you can see, converting an old vehicle to electric is an affordable option and it also allows you to keep your favorite old-timer and give it a new lease on life. If you think about it, it’s a great way to preserve a classic car and turn it into something new and exciting that you’ll be able to enjoy for a long time. But of course, there are some downsides to converting an old car to electric. One of the biggest challenges right now is finding the right conversion company that can do the job properly. It goes without saying that it’s important you do your research and go with a reputable company that has experience with electric car conversions. According to a recent Guardian report, “Over the next decade, millions of new battery-electric trucks, SUVs and cars are forecast to hit the market globally. In the US alone, Joe Biden is pushing for 50% of all new cars sold in 2030 to be zero-emission vehicles.” Given the pros and cons however, it remains to be seen whether this is a realistic expectation or not. Only time will tell.