Turning petrol cars into electric ones

An entire automotive revolution in your garage

2y ago

This week, I did a poll asking the question "Are electric cars the future?" and nearly 50% of respondents said yes, which isn't bad for a quite traditional and often purist motoring community like DriveTribe.

Whether or not you believe that electric cars will one day be the future of all motoring, they are certainly a fast growing market. New models like the Audi E-Tron allow us to directly compare age-old petrol technology with new and exciting electric technology, as various very rich and very powerful international carmakers sink more time, effort and money than ever before into exploring the possibilities and pushing the boundaries of electric tech.

It is also possible for gearheads to engage with these thrilling changes in the industry on a much smaller scale, as the videos below demonstrate. The first is a few years old and the second much more recent but both see a dedicated motoring enthusiast transform a normal petrol car into an EV. By hand. From scratch. It's quite amazing to watch.


Credit to John for bringing these fab videos to my attention.

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Comments (9)

  • I just want these car companies to convert old cars instead of making this futuristic sh*t.

      2 years ago
  • Did anybody already try to convert an electric car into a real one?

      2 years ago
  • In my opinion this option of doing conversions would be the best approach for the current situation, not everyone can afford to build a shiny new EV out of the dust, a base model zoe would be on the 19k mark, converting to electricity a Old Austin Montego 2.0 mayfair and giving it a basic 120hp motor (I prefer using Hp instead of Kw) it would cost like 7k and 6-8 hours of work on a worskhop if they aren`t lazy enough, the components would also be cheaper, for 3-5k you have a decent battery+ motor setup, the only problem is registering etc.. but still its a better deal in my opinion, switching ordinary cars to EV would be good... I`m not good with switching gas sportscars to electricity tho, those should be spared from loosing their identity to electricity.

      2 years ago
  • Wow... that’s an old vid. Those batteries look like lead acid. Check out EV West to see newer stuff. Or for proper old school, White Zombie, the OG v8 killer drag car from way back...

      2 years ago
    • I'll check those out, thanks Adrian!

        2 years ago
    • No worries! I saw this video a few years ago and dreamed of making an EV...now I have a leaf and loving it. Cost me less than a set of batteries and a speed controller too!

        2 years ago