The beauty of many classics is appreciated by almost anyone. Even a 5 year-old child has no problem admiring the lines of an old sportscar…
To keep these hot rides running, when the old engine is hardly repairable, there is an option; to make them electric.
There are at the moment some start-ups focused in EV conversion, as Zelectric motors, specialized in converting classics to electric, for example the VW Bug. Another example are the conversion kits from EV West, allowing individuals to convert the vehicles.
Here in Spain we have Jofemar’s Hidronew Project. And they have proven in EV competitions that their converted vehicles are fast.
Although with an electric drivetrain these models are more environmental friendly and have the old beauty and the new efficiency, it’s true that losing the original engine and noise is like tearing the soul of these cars. That’s why i’m in favor of converting the vehicles when the original engine can no longer be repaired as original.
As car workshops get used to EV maintenance and repair (simpler than internal combustion drivetrains) the conversions will grow, adding EV units by reusing old cars instead of building from scratch.
I’m sure this is going to get more and more common, converting an old car will get less expensive and it may become the cheapest (and coolest) way of owning an EV.