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Yes, You can modify EVs... But It's Not The Same

Why building an EV doesn't emit the same passion as you would get when building an ICE car

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Last week an article was written titled "Yes, You Can Totally Mod Electric Cars" by my friend and fellow Drivetriber Jeric Jaleco. Now I agree yes you can modify EVs just like you can modify anything else (heck modifying and racing lawn mowers is popular here in the south) but the experience is no where near as good. My favorite part of every build is building the engine, having all of the parts layed out across a table, lubing the new bigger and badder camshaft and sliding it into the block, assembling each individual piston and putting them in each cylinder it's a very calming and satisfying experience at least it is for me. Now you can't do that with an EV as its basically one giant alternator and a bunch of batteries.

This is what an electric motor looks like, it is filled with copper and has one moving part, nothing special.

This is what an electric motor looks like, it is filled with copper and has one moving part, nothing special.

As I grew up with a mechanic as my dad finding cars to work on has never been hard. I have been going up to work with my dad since I was 10 years old. I have experience with engines I have built 3 so far and hope to build many more in the future, so I know what it feels like to put an engine together and the satisfaction I get when I first here it start up after a long night of adjusting the timing and air fuel mixture. With an EV swap there is no tear down or putting it together, it's just bolting it in, there is no emotional attachment involved. When you spend several long nights putting an engine together piece by piece you begin to feel something for it, like if it's part of you. You want it to succeed because of all the hard work you put into it, on an EV it doesn't make a noise when you start it up, there is no satisfaction, no jumping for joy it's just a sarcastic woo-hoo now get this out the door.

A highly modified 2JZ, an example of the diversity in modifications you can do to an internal combustion engine.

A highly modified 2JZ, an example of the diversity in modifications you can do to an internal combustion engine.

Now we get onto customization with an engine you get diversity, you can leave it stock, add small modifications to make it more drivable such as fuel injection, or you can go absolutely bonkers! Big turbos, superchargers or build it naturally aspirated with a super high compression ratio. But on an EV it's all the same, you can add battery packs but whats exciting about that? That's like putting creme cheese on a cheese stick, it's just adding more of the same thing on. Can you imagine going to a car show and instead of talking about forged internals, big turbos, how much boost your running, etc. to talking about how you have more Duracells than someone else. How boring is that!?!

The other day someone who calls themselves an "enthusiast" told me that its stupid to think of cars having personalities. Now to a non-enthusiast like him yeah it's pretty stupid, but to us it's normal, cars have character! I mean they aren't actually living beings but they feel like the they are! Every revolution of the crankshaft is like a heartbeat, the gasoline is it's blood and when in a bad temper it will let you know. You can't get that from an EV because it's an appliance it's no better than a dishwasher. So the point of this article is to say that yes you can modify EVs, but it isn't anywhere near as good of an experience as an ICE car would be.

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Comments (43)

  • You can’t really mod an EV as they can be a future risk, this means that EVs can only be changed with a body kit. Not really the same as an ICE is it?.

      28 days ago
    • Exactly

        28 days ago
    • there is potential risk in modifying anything, suspension and tires can still be done, but the negative impact on range is a much bigger issue with EVs , the self driving crap that is being pushed is what will really prevent modifying as...

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        28 days ago
  • I like EVs as cars for normal people. If someone wants to buy one and save some gas money good on them. But I agree nothing can replace the feeling of hearing a motor that you've poured your blood, sweat and tears into start up for the first time.

      28 days ago
    • I agree, I personally wouldn't ever drive one but I can get some people's perspectives. And yes hearing an engine roar to life after you worked your ass off on it is an amazing feeling

        28 days ago
  • Just god damn name the non-enthusiast for crying out loud!

      28 days ago
  • Its very fun working on a car...until you lose the 10mm

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