The Garage Converting Classic Cars to Electric Vehicles | Freethink DIY Science

The Garage Converting Classic Cars to Electric Vehicles | Freethink DIY Science


EV West, a garage outside San Diego, is turning classic cars into electric vehicles. Not only that, their cars have won performance competitions and even set a record at the PIke’s Peak International Hill Climb. We talk with owner Michael Bream about how he got started doing DIY conversions and the technology that makes these conversions possible. We also check out some very cool cars. What would your dream conversion car be? Let us know in the comments.

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100 Comments on "The Garage Converting Classic Cars to Electric Vehicles | Freethink DIY Science"


  1. Thanks for watching the video! If you'd like more information, you can find EV West online at EVWest.com or on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/evwestdotcom.

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  2. This is just amazing!. I am also a DIY guy but on a different lane, lets say. After watching this for a second I wanted to leave everything I have in Turkey and come work with you guys 🙂 God speed!…

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  3. All those metal body parts look like they could use an electrolytic and Mylar coating to make large battery at little extra weight or a super capacitor/ground.

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  4. My granpa left his 1966 Mercedes pagode that i want keep to my grand sons however I m welling to transform it to an electric car

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  5. Yeah its cool to own a property, opens a door for lots of hobbies. Others though need to pay rent and feed those who then play around with electric car hobbies.

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  6. With current battery technology becoming better, many people nowadays are converting old “nitro” RC cars over to electric. I don’t see any reason why it can’t be done with real cars. It’s actually pretty easy to do on a small scale like RC. How hard can it be? Let’s say that you’ve got a project car. Why mess around with turbos, fuel, oil and all that old messy stuff when you can just go electric? It happened to locomotives a long time ago. Our giant diesel engines of today are actually electrically driven. Their diesel engines are merely power generators for the electric motors.

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  7. Look at how much shading those roof mounted panels are getting. That can kill ter potential output by +90%, big time.

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  8. My god, this is a nightmare for any petrolhead! It's like a normal car, but without soul…

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  9. I want to build an electric 61-67 Ford Econoline panel van with electric power. Also, I think you should look into the three wheeled (Trike) motorcycle market. I think they would sell like CRAZY, once they got on the market!

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  10. Don't fool yourself. Electric cars are not "powered by the sun". It's a misconception. Unless your a millionaire and have the money for a huge solar system you will need to plug into the grid. That means burning coal, fossil fuels, etc. Electric cars need charging just like your cell phone x 1000.

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  11. At Ev West its $7,598 for most kits and up to $16,893 for my car. I think ill keep my 46 year old reliable engine.

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  12. Only brain washed leftist westerners want to buy electirc cars. All the east is laughing from you!

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  13. Why would you ruin those cars.took the heart and soul of those cars out and replaced it with something heartless and soulless

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  14. I've got a 1990 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible that I'd love to put an E motor in. Having done everything else on the car since I've owned it, I'd like to be the one to convert it. The transmission is actually a GM TH-400 although with a case specifically made to mate with the V12 but I wonder if it might be possible for some sort of "generic kit" that one could start with to get the major components out of the way?

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  15. Wow, check out the backwards hillbillies in the comments. We get it. The oil industry has you taking it up the pooper and you need a dentist.

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  16. How long do those batteries last? Im all for electric conversion but where will all the discarded motors and expired battery packs go?

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  17. On contrary, i would lovee to be driving a Tesla with a gas supercar engine, it looks like an aston martin

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  18. How do you begin to learn about things like this? I like cars and want to do something like this with my life

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  19. Everything is powered by the sun. Plants grow, dinosaurs eat grass (or eat other dinosaurs which eat grass) then they die and millions of years later, we put them in our cars. Vroom vroom.

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  20. I'm so glad someone is doing this!! I've got a classic Porsche & was wondering about this, the body is perfect. The engine too, but in 3.5 years?

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  21. Converting a classic/retro car to electric power is a great idea, but if you choose a classic that isn't very aerodynamic, the wind noise alone will drive you insane. It's amazing how a silent engine only reveals all the other sounds cars are constantly making. If I electrified my Mk1 MR2, it would be whistling, howling and buffeting all over the place!

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  22. I saw a beautiful Cadillac yesterday and wanted to convert an old school because the steel it’s made with. So it’s so amazing to see others thinking that same way.😍😍😍 just the beginning indeed brother.👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

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  23. Electric vehicles cost more to the environment than gas vehicles. They take more mining (Fuel), labor (extraction and refinement of the components), and natural resources. I'm not against electric stuff but remember what it takes to make them.

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  24. I don't get why insurance companies wouldn't want you insuring 20 cars. You're driving one at a time and paying mostly full premium on each. What the fudge.

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  25. Just don't crash these old cars with that bunch of batteries at the front. Smallest crash and may get a nice fireworks show.

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  26. I really want the resurrection of Citron DS iconic french car. Thats my dream carvwuth all the works in electric version

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  27. Until the local government/authorities decide to pass a law that makes this illegal due to same made up safety concerns based on some random laptop battery that exploded. I hope not, keep it up with this and pass the message before the oil lords start moving around.

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  28. They should develop a conversion kit for Porsche 996 and 997.1
    when their engines eventually fails.

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  29. Hmmmm… naaa im happy with a loud fire breathing fuel guzzling environment destroying V8 ! Thanks

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  30. I am looking forward to hundreds of businesses like yours all around the country/world. Not just to 'solarize' classic cars, but ALL gas and diesel powered vehicles. I really would like my Sprinter van to be a no emission vehicle.

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  31. I have been a big combustion engine fan working on them with my dad when I was a kid. I imagined myself being one of the few guys with a gas classic amid a sea of smooth electric vehicles with no soul. But I've been converted. The superiority of electric for cars, perhaps not trucks yet, are amazing and I actually embrace this new wave of civilization and superior technology. I'll probably still have an inefficient, costly, and unreliable gas car as a collector but not as a competitor because it's too obvious who has won the battle.

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  32. What's the heaviest vehicle you've ever converted to Electric? I have a 1968 Olds 442 that is ready for its refurb and I would really like to do electric

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  33. Miata NA conversion in Montreal will get Tesla batteries this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=816&v=L0jEREIEvEQ

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  34. How hard would it be to take a model S, rip off the body and stick on say a ferrari daytona replica body (McBurnie or otherwise), thereby keeping the skateboard chassis and have a crazy fast daytona with range and all the modern handling? Like this, with Tesla power! https://www.historics.co.uk/buying/auctions/2014-06-07/car/1978-southern-roadcraft-ferrari-daytona-recreation/

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  35. This combined with the 3d printing of classic cars could be really interesting! Bringing my retro futuristic dreams into reality hehe

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  36. Front engine Beetle at 0:28 surprised me until I realized the illustrator who threw that together had nothing to do with the actual ev conversions.

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