Fuel is expensive, and we’ve been receiving more and more questions about vehicle conversions—one way to eliminate stops at the pricey pump is to go electric. An electric vehicle (EV) conversion is known as the procedure of modifying a petroleum fuel-powered vehicle into an all-electric vehicle. If your commuting needs and lifestyle are such that you can go electric with one or more of your vehicles, here’s a list of companies to get you started.
Depending upon where you’re located, there may or may not be one of these companies within a reasonable distance. And while each one has its specialty vehicles that it converts, there are a few on this list that will sell you the parts for a DIY conversion, or you can hire a reliable mechanic to do the hard work for you. Please drop us a line if you know of additional companies offering all-electric conversions. Listing is alphabetical.
Alaniz Technologies Corp. - Based in Texas, Alaniz specializes in converting gasoline vehicles into all-electric rides. With a variety of options available, their EVs offer 65+mph and 20-70 miles on a single charge (depends on battery chosen). Visit their products page for a down-loadable list of the eligible conversion vehicles that range from Porsche 911s and Toyota Camrys to VW Jettas and Honda Civics.
Ampmobile Conversions LLC – Located in South Carolina, Ampmobile converts gasoline powered cars and trucks into totally electric vehicles. They have been working with and researching better batteries and more efficient ways to convert and use electric cars and trucks, with the goal to design and assist in motorcycle conversions in 2008. They also conduct mini-workshops for DIYers.
Canadian Electric Vehicles Ltd. – CEV was established in 1991 to convert internal combustion engine vehicles to electric power—including heavy-duty diesel truck conversions for the airline industry. In addition to selling conversion kits for many vehicles, they offer components for modifications and offer custom-build options. Their customers include governments, industrial companies and private individuals.
Clean Ride Electric Vehicles – Located in Minnesota, this company restores and electrifies classic VW beetles from top to bottom. They replace the internal combustion engine and fuel system with an electric motor and 6 12-volt lead acid batteries and upgrade standard components. These all-electric VWs offer a 20- to 30-mile range with a top speed of 50 mph.
EVPorsche.com – Located in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Los Angeles, CA, this company can covert any vehicle to all-electric power, but specializes in Porsche sports car conversions due to their dependability, lightweight design and engineering. They offer a wide variety of battery, range and model configurations to meet driving styles and needs. Speeds for their EVs: 0-60 in about 5 seconds or even faster with 2 motors and series to parallel switching.
Eco-conversions – This company specializes in converting regular gas burning cars into clean electric machines—they have zeroed in on luxury vehicles with their benchmark, the BMW 8-Series, aiming to “shatter the image of the traditional electric car.” They recently partnered with eVionyx, an American company that has developed superior charging nickel-zinc batteries.
Electric Vehicles USA – Located in Piedmont, SC, here’s a one-stop shop for purchasing the components or kit to make just about any electric vehicle you’ve got in mind. Want a ready-made Geo Metro ($16,500) or a Porsche 959 ($65,000)? Want a go-kart or electric bicycle kit? Or are you looking for batteries, chargers, controllers and other components? Check ‘em out.
Electric Vehicle Systems – Based in New Underwood, SD, this company offers complete repair services for all electric vehicles, using the latest technology. According to their website, most repairs of a two-wheel electric scooters run $45. Call them to learn more.
Electro Automotive – Located in Felton, CA, Electro Automotive was founded in 1979 as a single source for quality conversion components. According to their website, Electro Automotive “believes in electric vehicles built to live in the real world.” They are all about EVs that are simple in design, easy-to-use, reliable, affordable and practical.
Electric Vehicles of America (EVA) - EVA provides free detailed calculations for specific all-electric applications, from industrial, on-road electric car or truck, off-road EV or boat. They also offer free technical papers on safety, batteries and conversion details, in addition to system design, supplier data and drawings, installation manuals and videos. Located in New Hampshire.
EV-Blue/Electric Blue – Based in Kansas, this company will convert any gasoline burner to electric—you supply the vehicle, they do the conversion. Their basic option includes a 144V battery and charger for $11,000. AC, heat and power steering are extra. Call or email for additional details.
Electric Vehicle Concepts – This Charleston, SC company provides components and conversion kits for all-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and more. They also provide technical support for electric propulsion systems. According to their website, a battery powered electric conversion using lead acid batteries costs less than $5,000, and depending upon the type and amount of batteries used, an all-electric vehicle can offer 50-80 mile range.
EV Source LLC - Located in Logan, UT, this company provides high-quality electric vehicle components to the high performance, high voltage EV conversion market. From speed controllers, fuses and breakers to assembling your own conversion kit, they know how to help you go all-electric.
Electric Vehicle Components and Systems / KTA Services, Inc. - Based in Ramona, CA, KTA provides components or complete kits to turn 2, 3 or 4-wheeled vehicles into clean all-electric machines. From amusement park rides to mowers and motorcycles, their components are powering over 1,160 electric creations.