Retrofitting Cars with EV-Tech: The New Way to Electrify
With the concept of electrification of road vehicles getting more and more into the limelight, automakers are constantly developing new prototype models and trying to get them into the mass production category. The idea of EV making, however, majorly circles around the forethought of having an electric power-train as the heart within a freshly built body-shell i.e. to develop the machine from scratch. But in the market, the first impression is created by the appearance, which tends to greatly influence the extent of customer absorption of these new-built EVs.
Virtually, all of us find certain vehicle body-shell designs appealing and many of us have our own favorites too. For example, the Volkswagen Beetle, whose exterior shell is one of the most captivating cars. Such classics and pre-set favorites pose an emotional restriction for the new EV designs to find customer appeal, thereby hurting the overall market penetration of electric vehicles.
In order to accommodate this gap, a different approach to popularize EVs is brought to life. Similar to I.C. engine-swapping, the Engine from the classic olds can be replaced with an electric-motor system. This way, the customers can get an EV out of their all-time favorite A-surfaces (i.e. vehicle exterior body).
This theme of retrofitting old cars with a brand-new electric power-train is taken up by quite some automotive companies and also by individual tinkerers. Although that being said, installing electric sub-systems into salvaged cars is more challenging than swapping engines.
Now, Swindon Powertrain has made plans to simplify this tedious job, by introducing an all-in-1 EV Crate Motor in the coming year.