More Americans Turn Classic Cars into Electric Cars

Dan Smith

More and more Americans are turning their petrol cars into electric vehicles using a process called electric powertrain conversion. Such conversions are battery As technology improves, the world moves toward cleaner energy sources. EV and classic car Kevin Erickson owns a 1972 Plymouth Satellite which he renamed the 'Electrolite' after conversion. Today, a car can accelerate from rest to 97 kilometers per hour in about 3 seconds. Its top speed is about 250 kilometers per hour. At the end of 2019, Ericsson purchased the car for $6,500. He then began his year-and-a-half-long project to convert cars to electricity. He used his pack, motors and parts from a crashed Tesla Model S battery.

Tesla brakes are seen in Kevin Erickson's 1972 Plymouth Satellite at his home in Commerce City, Colorado on September 20, 2022.  (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)
Tesla brakes are seen in Kevin Erickson's 1972 Plymouth Satellite at his home in Commerce City, Colorado on September 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

Ericsson, who has invested about $60,000 in the project, said: Jonathan Klinger is Vice President of Automotive Culture at Hagerty Insurance.He said that converting a classic car to an EV was "definitely TrendAlthough research on the activity is limited. In May, the Michigan-based company conducted a web-based survey of approximately 25,000 car enthusiasts in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. About 1% have at least partially modified their older model car to run on some form of electricity. The top three reasons for modifying vehicles were better performance, fun projects and being environmentally friendly. About 25% of respondents say they accept that older cars will be partially or fully converted to electric vehicles. Mr. Klinger who owns multiple vintage He said he doesn't think electric motors will replace all gas engines, especially given the historically significant vehicle. “There is satisfaction in owning a vintage car. carburetorBecause it's the same as when the car was new. Some car enthusiasts want to keep the original engine sound of their old car. difficulties and future Special knowledge is required to complete the electrical conversion. It also includes safety concerns and hard-to-find parts. And then there's the price. Sean Moudry, co-owner of Inspire EV, a small modification company near Denver, recently worked on a 1965 Ford Mustang. The year and a half project cost him over $100,000 and was fraught with many difficulties. Moudry and his partners replaced the gas engine with the motor in a crashed Tesla Model S. He also added 16 Tesla battery packs, totaling about 363 kilograms. Most older cars, including the Mustang, weren't designed for that much weight or the increased performance of a powerful electric motor. As such, the team had to make changes to other parts of the car, including the suspension system. Moudry said many people don't have the necessary resources to do this kind of project. As a result, he says it will take some time for electrical conversion to become commonplace. "I think it's been 20 years," he said. “It will be 20 years before he goes to a car show, but 50-60% of cars do some function. Mutant of electric motors in it. " But that reality could come sooner than expected, said Mike Spagnola, president and CEO of the industry group Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). He said electric vehicle products will occupy about 1,950 square meters of marketing space at SEMA's annual exhibition in Las Vegas this fall. This is just 232 square meters for the 2021 exhibition. I'm John Russell. Thomas Peipert reported this story for the Associated Press. John Russell adopted it for VOA Learning English. ________________________________________________________________________________________

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battery – n. Cells or connected cells for supplying current Trend –n. general direction of change: a way of behavior, progression, etc., that has evolved and is becoming more common vintage –adj. — used to describe something that is not new but has value because it is in good condition, has an attractive design, etc. carburetor –n. The part of an engine where gasoline is mixed with air and burned to power the engine Mutant –n. different in some way from others of the same kind