We here at enrg.io like to do all we can to promote all-electric vehicle (EV) ownership. While I’m sure everyone who visits this site knows that you can buy a new or used EV, what you may not know is that you can also convert your current gas-guzzler into an EV.
With that in mind, here are 15 companies that specialize in EV conversions and/or provide parts to brave souls who want to try an EV conversion on their own:
Based in sunny Florida, Green Shed Conversions offers customers the choice of either full, partial, or assisted conversions. They also have conversions for sale on their site if you see a car you can’t live without.
CAEV for short, this company sells EV conversion kits for several different models. Their clients range from individuals to government entities and large industrial companies. We here in the states are lucky: CAEV WILL ship parts to us down south.
California’s Zelectric Motors specializes in taking older Volkswagen and Porsche models and converting them into EVs. The process isn’t cheap (conversions start north of $55,000), but the result is beyond cool. I recommend watching the video embedded here for a really neat overview of their company.
Also from California, (what is it about California that attracts all the awesome conversion companies?) EV West offers every product you need to go all-electric. The company sells kits as well as individual parts, and their knowledgeable staff is on standby to assist you with any questions you may have about the process.
Make Mine Electric does things a bit differently.than the others. In addition to offering conversion services, they will also build EV replicas of various Mercedes and Porsche models from the ground up! MME also sells the first DIY electric car that comes in a prefabricated kit ready to assemble. Super cool!
The fine folks at Wilderness EV specialize in selling conversion kits to Earth-conscious mechanics. According to their website, an experienced technician can “Convert almost any car or light truck, weighing 5,000 pounds or less, to a highway performance electric vehicle using our excellent kit!” They also have a really cool poster for sale that would look great in my garage…
Located in beautiful Wolfeboro, NH, EVA has been in business for over 25 years. The company specializes in electric cars and conversions, but will also convert your boat or farm tractor to run on electricity! Interested parties can also sign up for their monthly email newsletter for free.
Many conversion companies claim to be oldest in the business. Only one can claim that they literally “wrote the book” on EV conversion. In 1993, Mike Brown of Electro authored the book Convert It, a comprehensive guide to converting cars from gas to electric. While the book was revolutionary at the time, it is still relevant and used by mechanics all over the world to this day.
Florida’s DIY Electric began as a provider of EV technology and parts to large companies. In recent years, DIY has moved into the retail market, selling drivetrain and battery module systems directly to the public. DIY claims that their products can simply be bolted to existing engine mounts, making installation a breeze. I’m not sure I have the guts to try it but this may be the perfect option for someone a bit more adventurous than I.
In addition to providing a litany of EV parts and various conversion kits, EV Source is the leader in the high performance EV conversion market. Like Electric Vehicles of America, EV Source has a free monthly newsletter that fans can subscribe to, and the company encourages readers to contact them via email with any questions about EVs or EV conversions.
Finally, a conversion company located (somewhat) near me! Polykup is a New Jersey-based company that has been taking Tesla engines and putting them in different Mazda and Audi models since 2013. Polykup is different from competitors in that their work is 100% reversible if the owner decides they want to go back to gas for some reason. Their conversions also come with a detailed manual specific to each build.
This (you guessed it) Atlanta, GA-based EV conversion company is doing some mighty fine work. According to their website, “Atlanta Electric Car Company makes any car affordable and climate-friendly. We convert gas guzzlers into charge-ready vehicles with the look, luxury and speed you want at low cost to you and the environment.” Check out their current crop of conversions for sale on their website and prepare to drool over how awesome they are.
For our friends across the pond in France, Transition One hopes to be the EV conversion company of choice for you. As of the date of this writing, they are capable of turning your Renault Twingo II, Fiat 500, Citroen C1, Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo, or VW Polo into an EV. How much will this service cost you ask? I have no idea, their website is in French.
Metric Mind is a custom electronics firm located in Clackamas, OR. While their passion and focus is designing hardware and software used in EV conversions, they also develop technology and products for telecom equipment, electric scooters, motorized wheelchairs, and power tools. Check out their website and geek out over their interesting inventions.
Founded in 2008, EV4U provides a wide range of EV conversion-related services to satisfied clients. This California-based company promises to complete your conversion in “months and not years,” and can even convert your boat to all-electric. EV4U also holds workshops for interested EV enthusiasts a few times a year where they teach students about conversions and other important topics.
What do our readers think about this list of excellent EV conversion companies? Are there any others out there that should have made the list? Anyone out there who has been brave enough to attempt an EV conversion and live to tell the tale? Please comment below and share your opinions and stories.
Source | Image: Driving.ca