For all that, it’s a small minority who will see that environmental win as reason enough to spend more on a conversion rather than simply buying a used EV. If costs and convenience of EV conversion kits do “get to a flat-pack point where anyone who can put a shed up can convert an EV”, as Sharpe hopes it will, then it’ll be a very different prospect.
EV conversion, then, is an increasingly common and accessible solution that makes absolute sense for those fleets of serviceable, commercial vehicles facing decommission, or for those wealthier classic car owners who will value the usability, performance and future-proofing aspect it offers – regardless of the fact that it may devalue the car in the eyes of many enthusiasts.
But right now, for anyone who isn’t an experienced mechanic or willing to pay for the environmental benefits, the costs don’t add up. Give it a few years, though, and it could well be a different story.
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