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.
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  • Matt Posky Biden policies have pumped billions of tax dollars into an industry that Tesla previously dominated during the Trump administration. Even though Tesla also benefits from those subsidies, Musk was always against them and I believe the reason was because it was allowing the government to appoint winners in a market Tesla was totally dominating. The rest has to be purely political. Musk didn't like how California Democrats came after him during 2020, demanding factory closures. He's repeatedly said he wants to move all of his businesses to Texas since then -- claiming that it was a freer and more open market. It does seem counter intuitive for Musk to back Trump until we consider how Tesla loses its advantage as more government money goes toward legacy automakers that are now rivals in the EV space.
  • Mike Tim, Whats the point? You can take everything he says literally, "fact check" it but youll be here for a while. He is correct when he says these things as well. "I'm all for electric cars, but you have to have all of the alternatives also." “You can’t just go to electric" “This plant, we just walked through this plant and the electric vehicles are gonna put [automakers] out of business,” Trump said. “They don’t need any of this. The things that you make in Michigan, they don’t need any of it.” "we should sell electric, but we should also sell a combustion engine gasoline cars. We can sell hybrids. The hybrids are fine. We should be able to buy everything. Some people might like an electric car. We should be able to buy an electric car." "And by the way, I have no problem with all electric. I think it's great. And you can buy electric, I think it's fine. They don't go far. They have problems. They don't work in the cold. They don't work in the heat. There's a lot of problems." "What's happening in Detroit is very sad because electric cars with this EV mandate, which is ridiculous, because they don't go far. They cost too much and they're going to be made in China. They're all going to be made in China." "Despite colossal government subsidies Ford alone is projecting to lose an astonishing $4.5 billion on electric vehicles. Why are they agreeing to this? This is what I don’t understand. Why are they agreeing to it? Why does Ford and … Why are they all agreeing to this? The cars aren’t selling. They got them all over the place. You can buy them for peanuts. Why are they not fighting and saying, It doesn’t work.?" "If you want to buy an electric car, that’s absolutely fine. I’m all for it. But we should not be forcing consumers to buy electric vehicles." "And I’m not saying you can’t buy an electric car. If you want to buy an electric car or a hybrid or an all gasoline car or a truck, that has to be your choice. You should have that choice. It’s great, right? I could see electric cars working great for certain uses. Short term, short distance uses. We have unlimited gasoline, remember that, we have unlimited. China doesn’t. We have unlimited gasoline. For 500 years we have gasoline, more than any other country in the world." "Right now, electric cars don’t go far enough and they’re just far, far too expensive, and people aren’t going to be able to afford them." "I also want choice for cars. If somebody wants gasoline, if somebody wants all electric, they can do whatever they want." "Number two, the electric cars are much more expensive and they don’t go far enough. So if somebody wants to take a little bit of a long — just like the trucks. If somebody wants to take a little bit of a long ride, let’s go to Maine, or let’s go to Kentucky from New York, let’s — you can’t do it. I mean, you have to stop all the time. They don’t go far enough. They’re very expensive. They have a lot of drawbacks. Now, with that being said, some people are going to want them. Some people are going to travel short distances. What they’re doing with our trucking industry is a disaster, because they want all electric trucks. And a truck on a — with a large tank, large gasoline or diesel capacity, can go up to 2,000 miles. An electric truck goes 300 miles. So, what are these guys going to do? They’re going to, they’re going to stop every 300 miles and recharge their truck and spend three hours?"
  • Richard Poore That would have been fine IF THE HEADLINE SAID FEDERAL. Or it would have been at least a little less slipshod if the article then said Federal. It did not.
  • SilverCoupe My '08 A5 has chromed round metal exhaust tips, but they are real, and have to be cleaned of soot occasionally.