EV Restorations Booming

Dec. 21, 2022

A growing interest in EVs, as well as an explosion of aftermarket parts and tools, are fueling an independent restoration boom.

Dec. 21, 2022—The Associated Press covered some of the driveway mechanics and enthusiasts who are converting classic cars into electric restomods.

The recent story includes some business owners like Sean Moudry, co-owner of InspireEV near Denver. He recently restored a 1965 Ford Mustang with an electric powertrain. The project cost upwards of $100,000.

In addition to cost, the story notes some of the hazards related to this new field of independent customization, including the lack of institutional knowledge and the dangers of working with high-voltage components. But it's clear that the custom EV market is a growing one.

“The early adopters of this would take a crashed Tesla and pull the motor and harnesses and batteries and all that out of the vehicle and find a way to shoehorn it into whatever vehicle they wanted to build,” one source told the AP. “But today there are many manufacturers now starting to make components."

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