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Glad you asked. Electric GT is on a mission to re-power a wide variety of classics and other early vehicles. We focus on providing Complete Plug & Play EV solutions that enable easy vehicle conversions. While any car can technically be converted, we find the best candidates are older and classic that benefit most from a reliable powertrain and the related conversion investment.
Bringing a classic back to daily driving is cool, clean fun. Well.... we cant lie, its a bit of hot rodding too.
An eGT Crate Systems is generally a complete EV conversion package designed to be turn-key, easy to install and fantastic to drive. Everything needed for the conversion is baked into our Crate Systems. Systems are fully assembled and bench tested prior to shipment. It works out of the box and BATTERIES ARE INCLUDED. What else is included? Motor(s) and Controller(s), Battery Modules (Batteries, engineered enclosures, BMS modules, Thermal mgmt, fuses), On-Board Charging, DC Converter (Think Alternator), Battery Management System (BMS), Base Thermal Management (cooling) System, HV Signal Harness, and all fuses / connectors / switches. Fully assembled, tested and arrives ready to install, connect and run.
Electric GT has engineered and built systems for a growing line-up of vehicles that are delivered ready to fab & fit install into a properly prepared car! Systems are pre-built, pre-wired and bench tested at the factory so it just needs "installation" upon arrival. Generally, systems can be installed with basic mechanical and fabrication skills and it can be completed without any special high-voltage knowledge.
Glad you asked! It is a very common miscalculation to compare an EV “swap” to an ICE engine swap. An electric conversion is not just a motor swap, but is a complete Ecosystem swap. The entire Ecosystem of both ICE and EV Systems needs to be taken into account. The ICE ecosystem includes much more than just a motor: Engine, radiator & cooling system, fuel tank/system, and the exhaust system. A complete EV ecosystem includes Motor(s) and Controller(s), Battery Modules (Batteries, engineered enclosures, BMS modules, Thermal mgmt, fuses), On-Board Charging, DC Converter (Think Alternator), Battery Management System (BMS), Base Thermal Management (cooling) System, HV Signal Harness, and all fuses connectors & switches. What is the cost of installing an all new ICE Ecosystem?
Electric GT's systems are not to be mistaken for EV Conversion “Kits”. All systems are certainly far from equal!! Electric GT provides completely built-up systems that are pre assembled, tested, and shipped ready to install with minimal learning curve onthe EV HV side of the project. No need to spend hundreds of hours learning and hundreds more installing “kits”. General mechanical and fabrication skills are sufficient experience needed to install eGT-Systems. Avoid the brain damage of sorting pallets of EV parts, understanding wiring diagrams, wiring HV Signal harnesses, following multiple manuals and hoping there are no bugs to backtrack and that everything was proven to work together. Just unpack the eGT-System, follow basic instructions to connect and bench test the system, and then install it with the support as needed. And we are always available to back up our products!
The end results are the same: stored energy is turned into mechanical energy. How they get there is the big difference. Internal combustion engines (ICE) typically achieve full power closer to elevated RPM’s in the 4500-7500 range. Electric motors have instant torque and power and power tapers off over approximately 5000 RPM’s making for instantaneous response and performance. Torque equates to real power when driving.
Well it certainly is not an apple to apples comparison. Typically ICE systems will have a torque figure similar to their horsepower number.. Electric motors will have a much higher torque number vs rated horsepower. For example, the eGT-413 System has a rated 275 e-horsepower and 406 ft/lbs of torque which in petrol comparison feels like 400-425 ICE horsepower. The Torque is the source of excitement in riving. In evaluating systems and projects don't be fooled by lower HP numbers of electric motors.
The simplest answer is that a manual transmission is far more efficient than an automatic and requires no external factors to operate outside of you. Theoretically, some automatic transmissions would work, but you lose a percentage of your energy to the torque convertor of an automatic. Further penalty to an electric motor happens during slippage since you have no “peak” in your horsepower, so any slippage built into an automatic to keep a motor in a peak RPM is moot and is simply lost energy.
It’s very satisfying. With instant torque, your car feels like a rocket. Generally an Electric GT electric conversion has more horsepower and torque than your car did from the factory. You do need to operate the transmission (gear selection depends on the application), and generally want to shift gears in order to maintain efficiency. No clutch operation is required besides during gear changes. Other than that, your car feels like your car, just faster!
EGT provides EV solutions for both Direct Drive and Geared manual transmissions. Each approach has their own benefits and applications. It's all about choices for power and drivetrain.
EGT systems integrate modular design which allows for designing vehicle specific system solutions. A big part of this is overall weight management. Making sure the power and weight are not burdening the recipient vehicle is critical. Modular pack designs allow the battery weight to be placed around the vehicle so as to refine distribution of weight. Overloading a classic with too much weight, or improper "one end" loading, impacts performance, handling and safety.
Range is a big variable and is impacted by a number of influences: Vehicle characteristics, driving conditions, load variations, temperature, etc. To estimate average range, it is best to simulate daily driving with a mix of around town and highway driving. High speed and loads have lower range values while slow driving around town tends to have increased range values. A Tesla can average 3-3.4 Miles per kWh and is “best of class” market efficiency. Older Petrol SUV’s with OEM or updated drivetrains are not going to win awards for efficiency. Each vehicle's range will vary but an SUV can see results closer to 2 miles/kWh while a lighter classic Mustang or Fiat may see closer to 2.7-3 miles/kWh.
Ditching the pump also requires ditching the “fill the tank when empty” petrol paradigm. Most EV drivers find that intermittent charging during the course of a day extends mileage wel beyond stated “range”. On-Board charging is integrated into GTe-Systems and allows for smart 3 - 6 kW Level 2 J1772 (220-240v) or Level 1 charging. Regarding charge times, your charge rate and pack size will give you a clear idea of charge time. If you have a 50 kWh pack and are at 50% State of Charge (SOC) 6 kWh charging gets you “filled up” in about 4 hours. Charging at 6 kWh on standard Level 2 J1772 extending range by roughly 12-18 miles per hour. Intermittent charging adds up and provides effective range boosting.
Certainly. Engineering custom and proprietary EV systems typically involves a larger scale engineering effort that if properly approached and funded yields specialized solutions. Hit us up.... and we have some wild ideas and a top notch engineering team.
There is a fine line to adding too much energy weight to a classic conversion. 200 + miles requires a lot of batteries and space. Most classics are not designed for the weight and simply don't have reasonable space to accommodate the batteries. Gte-Systems are designed to compliment the vehicle OEM Curb Weight and original distribution of weight front to rear. There is a point where too much battery impacts performance, weight distribution, space consumption, and suspension.
Oh Heck NO! Do some real homework. Aside from a "Pallets of parts" you will have a super sized block of time to perform the job. Thats one heck of a learning curve and lots of parts & wiring that will need 100's of hours of labor! Do you want to be an EV expert one car at a time or would you rather install turnkey reliable EV systems for your clients? All systems and "kits" are not created equal. "Kits" are a far cry from a complete GTe-System. Beware & Compare specifications carefully and understand the complete scope of swapping ICE to EV. Time is $$$. Quality builds are priceless.
In California it is a snap! It's legal, encouraged, saves money, and is a little disruptive! The DMV inspection lane offers a quick under the hood drive-though inspection and provides a form verifying VIN and Mode of Propulsion (MP) as Electric (E) on the spot. Say so long to Smog Checks on future registrations for ALL post 1976 cars! No problems! Out of state? Check with your local state Department of Motor Vehicles. It is still new for many agencies and we have yet to even hear about a conversion rejection! Win Win Win.