Electric Conversions

Zero Motorcycle Designers Build Another Manic Electric Grom

When you look at the motorcycle market these days as a whole, you could argue that there are just two companies who really have a sense of what the future of motorcycling is about: Zero and Honda. The bike you see here, dubbed “the Grom Reaper”, is what happens when one of the guys behind the Zero falls in love with the Honda Grom, and decides to build a manic, Zero-powered electric Grom. “The stock (Honda) Grom has a tiny frame and a low-performance engine,” Zero Motorcycles’ designer Cole Mishler told Bike Exif. “So, I saw the potential (in it) to really showcase the power and quality of the Zero drive train … this thing is a wheelie machine!” The transformation from fun little urban runabout to “wheelie machine” is hardly surpr...

Maniacs Build 50HP Electric Honda Grom

Every once in a great while, someone comes along to challenge the status quo. They’re called geniuses, maniacs, or something more dramatic. And still, sometimes these brave people come up with an idea that is truly transformational– and that’s exactly what the mentalists guys at ElectroBraap have done by building the bike you see here. Meet an electric Honda grom dubbed Project Electrom, and witness its 50 (fifty!) horsepower all-electric motor with a sprocket the size of a pizza. This particular build starts with an ordinary Honda Grom, then stuffs it full of the hugely effective Alta Redshift MX electric power train. Even though that brand is long gone, at this point, a number of its compact and powerful battery and motor combinations are still out there, waiting to be ...

Recycled Hawtness: Tesla Heart and Classic, Mercury Soul

Although it’s gone now, there was a time– post-war America in the late 1940s-early 1950s, to be precise– that Mercury made the hottest cars in all the land. The ’51 remains a high watermark of industrial design, but the split-window ’49 is not to be ignored. That’s especially true of the ’49 Mercury you see here. That’s because this Mercury has a secret: it’s a Tesla. The car was built by Jonathan Ward at ICON, who presents it under his “Derelict” brand of restomods. On the surface, it’s an unrestored ’49 Mercury brimming with character and patina. Dig a bit deeper, and you’ll find a like-new interior– like new for 1949, but still. Look under the hood, however, and you’re greeted by more than 40...

Classic Volvo 142 Gets the DIY Electric Treatment

Kjell Ekelund is an interesting guy. A retired foreman with fifteen years of Volvo experience and plenty of time on his hands, Ekelund is an expert tinker- and an idealistic one, at that! That’s why he decided to build the car you see here: an all-electric Volvo 142. “I thought it was interesting to put an electric motor, for my grandchildren’s sake,” says Ekelund, who seems to want to inspire his grandchildren to build better, cleaner cars. “With ‘My grandfather’s electric car’,” he continues, “they can see what is possible.” Inspired or not, it’s unlikely Ekelund’s grandkids will get many speeding tickets in their electric 142. That’s because its top speed is just shy of 50 MPH. Even so, that’s plen...

This 800HP Electric Mustang is Quicker and Quieter

Mitch Medford is an interesting guy. He’s a hot rodder and drag racer, through and through. He appreciates the classics, and has a refined style that leans towards clean, uncluttered builds. Clean, uncluttered builds with massive amounts of tire-shredding torque, that is. It’s that thirst for speed that let him to build the 800 HP, 10-second ’68 Mustang fastback you see here. Did I mention that Mitch’s Mustang is fully electric, yet? “For me, building an electric muscle car is less about being environmentally responsible and more about the amazing performance that electric motors offer,” says Medford. “Just like intercooled turbos and superchargers revolutionized the (internal combustion engine) performance industry, I feel that electric motors are the n...

ECub 2 = Retro Classic Moped w/ an Electric Heart

The guys at Shanghai Customs would like you to meet the ECub 2, a Retro Classic Moped w/ an Electric Heart and the frame of the world's best-selling vehicle.

220 MPH Electric Corvette Set to Debut at CES (w/ Video)

Packing more than 800 HP and 130 miles of driving range, this 220 MPH Electric Corvette is Set to Debut at CES, with a $750,000 price tag!

Big Electric Motors Breathe New Life into Classic Shelby Cobra

Big Electric Motors from a Tesla Model S P85D and batteries from a Kia Soul EV Breathe New Life into this Classic Shelby Cobra race car!

DIY Electric Ferrari 308 is the Best Car Ever (w/ Video)

This DIY Electric Ferrari 308 GTS from EV West has a manual transmission, zero emissions, and is basically the Best Car Ever.

OG Mini Cooper Goes Electric

OG Mini Cooper Goes Electric in this Awesome EV Conversion by Ian Motion, who hopes to begin selling the restomods later this year.

Electric Jeep Tackles the Tough Trails Like a Boss (w/ Video)

A team of engineers from Korea have built an all Electric Jeep Wrangler that Tackles the Tough Trails Like a Boss! (w/ Video)

Bosch to Launch eBike Unit w/ 75 Lb-ft of TQ in 2016

German electrical giant Bosch is launching an all new pedal-assist unit that can convert almost any bike into a green monster with 75 lb-ft of torque!

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