Lately, we are seeing an increase not only in new electric vehicles but also of EV conversions.
Now a group in New Zealand went old school by converting a classic 1957 Ford Fairlane to an all-electric powertrain.
The project was started by Mercury, a New Zealand-based energy company.
They found a 1957 Ford Fairlane and gave it to a local shop specialized in electric vehicle conversions.
For the conversion, they removed the vehicle’s giant internal combustion engine and replaced it by a more compact Siemens electric motor, which was originally designed for electric buses.
Here are a few images of the removal of the engine and the fitting of the new electric motor:
They also built a custom battery pack which they also fitted in the engine compartment on top of the electric motor.
Mercury says that the pack consists of 218 rectangular battery cells with a total capacity of about 50 kWh for a range of around 120 km on a single charge.
The battery pack adds about 400 kg (880 lbs) to the already quite heavy vehicle.
They also had to build a custom controller and develop software for the power electronics they finally got it working and even fast-charging.
The car is now called ‘Evie’ and they are taking her on tour of New Zealand to promote electric vehicles and use her in the company’s own promotional material.
Here’s a quick video about making Evie:
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- A classic 427 Shelby Cobra powered by a Tesla electric motor & Kia Soul EV battery pack
- Tesla-powered electric bus project spotted charging at a Supercharger station
- Tesla-powered electric kit car runs insane 9-second quarter-mile
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- Off-roading and EV enthusiast converts 1984 Toyota pickup into an all-electric truck using Nissan Leaf batteries