With the rising gas prices, EVs are an enticing alternative to gas-powered cars. Also, electric cars have many other advantages, including better performance and zero-emissions driving. However, what if you’re drawn to the benefits of EVs, but like your gas-powered car? LegacyEV, a company in Arizona, has a solution. It converts gas-powered cars to electric vehicles. The company also provides other services, including EV training for auto mechanics.
Can you convert a gas-powered car to an electric vehicle?
LegacyEV provides conversion services to turn gas-powered cars into EVs, as reported by Arizona’s Family. Rob Ward, who started LegacyEV in 2019, surprisingly, wasn’t originally a fan of electric cars. He said, “I’m a car guy. I didn’t like the electric thing.”
However, Ward completely changed his mind about electric vehicles after driving his friend’s Tesla. “Number one, environmentally friendly. Number two, it performs. If it didn’t perform, I would struggle with it,” said Ward. Recognizing the untapped market for converting gas-powered cars to electric vehicles, Ward founded LegacyEV. He continued, “Everybody feels like they’re late, and they need to get going. And I would agree. If you’re not doing it now, you’re falling behind.”
LegacyEV: ‘Honor the past and protect the future’
The mission of LegacyEV is to “honor the past and protect the future.” For the “honor the past” component, LegacyEV “preserves the legacy of classic cars as the automotive industry evolves from gas-powered to electric-powered vehicles.” The Arizona company also “preserves the legacy of auto repair and restoration through specialized EV education and training.”
For the “protect the future” component, LegacyEV “provides a lower-emission alternative to buying a new EV by allowing consumers to up-cycle their gas-powered car into a battery electric-powered vehicle.”
Gas to electric car conversion services of LegacyEV
LegacyEV offers several services for the conversion of gas-powered cars to EVs. It provides many different conversion kits from a wide range of electric vehicle component manufacturers, such as Gateway Bronco and Old Town Auto. Customers can also have custom conversions with parts that are most suitable for their car.
The company has a “growing network of authorized installers around the world through [its] custom EV training platform and parts distribution supply chain.” Also, LegacyEV recognizes the need to educate and train auto mechanics about the maintenance and repair of EVs. With this in mind, the company “provides training and curriculum to auto shops, fleet mechanics, tech schools, junior colleges, high schools, and even K-12 STE(A)M programs.” Additionally, LegacyEV does conversions for entire fleets.
How much does it cost to convert a gas-powered car to an electric vehicle?
Converting a gas-powered car to an electric vehicle is not cheap. Ward says that the minimum price of a conversion is $16,000. However, he believes that conversions will be more affordable in the future. “There’s new products in development. You keep watching, and it’s going to get better, more efficient. Prices are going to keep coming down,” said Ward.
While a pricy endeavor, the gas to electric conversation could be an enticing option for car owners as we move further into the EV era. Many drivers have a strong attachment to their cars. A gas to electric conversion is a way for a driver to keep their cherished car, while enjoying the benefits of an EV.