Custom electric is a term used to describe the process of converting a gas-powered vehicle into an all-electric model. This can range from a simple modification to an extensive overhaul that can significantly change the look and function of a car.
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The best candidates for conversions are light vehicles (around 2,000 to 3,000 pounds curb weight), which can easily be adapted to an electric motor with a manual transmission. A larger or heavier vehicle would be more difficult to convert, as the weight can restrict the amount of power that the EV can generate.
Several manufacturers, including Volkswagen, build EV-tech kits that can be installed in cars. However, these can be costly. Alternatively, you can purchase an EV from a manufacturer and have it converted by a professional company.
An EV-tech kit can be purchased for around $8,000 not including the battery, which is another $1,000 to $3,000. In addition to making your vehicle more energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly, it also adds extra value.
It can be more convenient for the consumer to purchase a converted EV than to have a new vehicle with a similar drivetrain. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about emissions and safety testing that you might have to go through with a gasoline-powered model.
It’s a trend that’s growing in popularity, especially with transit companies in places like California. Phoenix Motorcars in Ontario is one such company that specializes in converting shuttle buses into electric models. They’ve delivered 29 converted buses to LAX, John Wayne, and Ontario airports last year.