Would You Drive a Classic Car Converted to an Electric?

Would You Drive a Classic Car Converted to an Electric?
Would You Drive a Classic Car Converted to an Electric? - Photography by Josh Clason for Petrolicious


Photography by Josh Clason for Petrolicious

Electric cars seem to be the future, if you believe Mr. Elon Musk and Tesla anyway. But if you prefer driving classic cars would substituting an electric drivetrain be sacrilege? Obviously this ruins a car's originality, but what if you have a body and chassis lacking a drive train? Should this relegate a car to sculpture or, worse yet, the crusher? Why not give it a second life? There are a number of companies thinking along similar lines and building electric cars based on classics such as Zelectric Bug and Kriss Motors.

The advantages are obvious–first of all, you get the amazing style and heritage that comes with owning and driving a gorgeous classic and second, instant and full torque. Additionally, maintenance is nearly a non-factor. For some range might be an issue, but sporting a range around 100 miles, this shouldn't be a problem for most people. When we asked Mr. David Benardo (CEO at Zelectric Bug) why he chose a Beetle to showcase his technology he explained that was a combination of the aforementioned factors as well as the fact that classics appreciate, are lighter than their modern counterparts, that the power train swap doubled the horsepower, and he was attracted to the Beetle's iconic status.

Clearly, there are benefits to these cars and the style is just the proverbial tip of the cliché. there something missing. But what we want to know if you think the benefits outweigh the obvious compromise–that of originality.

Would You Drive a Classic Car Converted to an Electric?

Would You Drive a Classic Car Converted to an Electric? - Photography by Josh Clason for Petrolicious