Whether it has dazzling chrome, bold designs or spacious interiors, a classic car is only as good as its engine. However, the gas hoarding nature of some the best known classic and muscle cars does have a downside – they’ve proven to leave a relatively large amount of carbon footprint, hence causing damage to the environment. (Do classic car owners care???)
That is where start-up company e-Drive Retro is looking to make their mark. e-Drive Retro is an Estonian electric car conversion company that’s dedicated to retrofitting classic cars with sustainable, electric components, thereby extending the life of the car. The Technology’15 Convention that was recently held in Helsinki, Finland was the perfect avenue for Mr. Michael Richardson, CEO of E-Drive Retro, to showcase two lovely vintage cars and prove the possibility of his vision of ‘combining the best of today’s high-tech, environmentally conscious engineering with the outrageously stylish fenders, spoilers and curves that make classic cars of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s so much more memorable than the (literally) assembly-line product that pass for automobiles today.’
The Estonian-based assembly line has not popped out of the blue. E-drive Retro has been developing technological solutions in collaboration with Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences as part of car and electric engineering students’ innovation project.
So how exactly does e-Drive Retro Work? In a nutshell, it replaces the car’s engine with their patented e-Drive System. (I’m not sure how popular this will be).
According to a report by Daniel Banas of equities.com, it basically involve five steps which sounds pretty simple as it may seem:
- Identifying basic restoration needed to ensure a car is, in e-Drive Retro’s words, “retrofit ready”
- Removing original gas engine drivetrain and all related components – This includes removal of the engine, transmission, fuel tank, fuel and water lines radiator, battery, etc.
- Taking a 3D scan of areas on the car that are needed to properly fit each e-Drive component.
- Installation and fitting of the new e-Drive System – This includes 3D printing and CNC fabrication of complex parts for precision, and vehicle modifications made via CAD design.
- Test Drive and Tuning
Would you convert your classic car to an e-Drive System? See this video and tell us what you think.