QOTD: Would You Retrofit Your Used Car As An EV?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Gavin Newsom, the governor of the state of California, recently vetoed a bill that would have the state help fund folks who wanted to turn their used internal-combustion engine car into an EV.

So, we talked about it on our podcast.

My question to you all is this -- would you turn your used ICE vehicle into an EV? Whether the state and/or federal government funded it or not?

After all, Californians can still do the conversion -- they just won't be able to use money from the state to defray the cost.

What say you? Is an EV conversion interesting to you or a big "no, thanks".

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Spookiness Spookiness on Jun 24, 2024
    IF it was economical, sure. If there was an easy solution to pop in a generic drivetrain into everyday FWD rust-free sedans or CUVs, that could be amazing. (I am among the dozens or perhaps hundreds that would consider this) But I doubt it would be feasible to get scale/cost, and most people would rather just buy a new car.
  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jun 24, 2024
    First picture: I wonder if Ford Motor Company has ever considered putting an electric powertrain into the Mustang. Could be interesting.
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
  • EBFlex No. I buy as little Chinese products as possible.
  • John "...often in a state of complete disarray on the roads" What does that mean? Many examples in poor repair? Talk about awful writing.
  • Varezhka Saving sedans in US or globally? Right now around half of the global sedan sales is in China, just under a quarter in North America, and the remaining quarter distributed around the rest of the world. So for a sedan to stay around they must sell well in both China and North America (BMW, Mercedes, Toyota, Honda) or just extremely well in China (VW/Audi and Nissan). For everyone else, the writing is on the wall. There’s also a niche of subcompact sedans in SE Asia and India but I believe those are being replaced by SUVs too.
  • Kcflyer it's not a ford, it's not a mustang. just like the ford gt is not a ford but multimatic gt or mustang wouldn't roll off the tongue