October, 2022: To "E" or Not To "E", That is the Question.
Is Electric Conversion a Fad, a Fancy, or the Future?
Over the past couple of years, we have been asked what our opinion is on converting Classic Land Rovers to Electric. We think it's a great idea! But, with that said, it comes with a significant amount of questions, hesitation, and head scratching.
Every morning, on my 20 minute drive through the country from home to the shop, I see at least one Tesla, occasionally other EV's, and many Hybrids. So we can assume that electric cars are here, here to stay, and over time, most likely out-numbering the traditional Internal Combustion Engine powered cars that we grew up with. It's not a Fad. And full disclosure... I do cringe every time I fill-up the old fuel-thirsty Range Rover.
Things are going to change.
Our near-future actions may be the result of the rising cost of gas and diesel, the serious implications of what we have done, and are still doing, to the environment, or, as trivial as this may seem, the irritating oil spots on the driveway. Keeping the old gas or diesel engine running has a cost. Keeping our Classics on the road may require a costly conversion. And conversion is costly.
Looking into what our Restoration shop may be able to offer in the near future, converting a Series Land Rover to Electric will range from $60,000 to $150,000 CAD, or more. To some, that equates to a whole lot of fill-ups at the pump. To others, it's simply the right thing to do, and it extends the life of their Classic Land Rover for many, many more years. It's always the value, as seen by the driver, that determines what we will be driving in the future.
I can see me driving an Electric Series Land Rover in the near Future. If you "Fancy" driving an Electric Classic Land Rover, give us a call or send us a note.