As the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow, many car enthusiasts are looking for ways to transform their gasoline-powered cars into eco-friendly rides. Electric vehicle conversion kits are becoming increasingly popular, offering a range of options for those who want to make the switch. In this article, we’ll explore some of the top electric vehicle conversion kits available today, as well as the benefits of making the switch to an electric vehicle.
Electrogenic’s EV Conversion Kits
Electrogenic has partnered with two US companies to offer EV conversions for Land Rover Defender, Jaguar E-Type, Triumph Stag, and Porsche 911 models. With shops in Vermont and Texas, Electrogenic’s conversion kits are designed to be easily installed by a mechanic. The Land Rover Defender kit, for example, replaces the engine with a battery and attaches an electric motor to the existing clutch bell housing. This kit offers 120 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, with a range of 100 miles.
General Motors’ e-Crate Motor Package
General Motors (GM) is also entering the EV conversion market, with plans to offer an e-Crate motor package for owners of older GM products. This package will allow customers to convert their gas or diesel vehicles to all-electric propulsion. GM has been showcasing EV conversions since 2019, with the Chevrolet division presenting a modified 1962 C-10 pickup at the SEMA Show. The Electric Connect and Cruise eCrate Package will be available for a variety of GM vehicles, although specific models have yet to be announced.
Benefits of EV Conversions
There are several reasons why car owners might choose to convert their vehicles to electric power. Some may want to reduce their carbon emissions and contribute to a cleaner environment, while others may be looking to save money on energy costs. Performance-focused converters can also create impressive packages, such as a 2013 Volkswagen Beetle primarily repurposed for drag racing.
Growing Demand for EV Conversions
The demand for EV conversions is growing nearly as fast as the market for new battery-electric vehicles. Scores of conversion shops have popped up across the country, but demand has grown so quickly that potential customers often have to wait months or more to begin the conversion process. The business of e-conversions is currently measured in the thousands, but demand is expected to rise to more than 40,000 annually worldwide by 2025.