I emailed Monte at E-V Concepts right after republishing my piece on his company. He responded to me with some interesting news.
First of all, he's been talking to clients about converting vans. He didn't give me client details and I wouldn't give them away anyway. But it's good to see people other than me are looking for the same thing.
Second, he's found something easier and cheaper than converting cars. Admittedly, taking the ICE guts out of a quality car and converting it to electricity is expensive to the point of impracticality. It's a rich guy's play area. When you have so many things in your garage that you really must have an electric Porsche conversion, you call him.
So what's he doing? Modifying wrecked Leafs. He gets them cheap. The batteries and motor are already in place and have proven reliability. What they need is a new body. Monte's a fiberglass expert and not a big fan of the Leaf's quirky shape.
"Making a Nissan Leaf look good is a big problem," he said. I'm not telling my car he said that. I think she's adorable.
So he he's currently working on two concepts:
|'39 Ford Delivery Van Replica by E-V Concepts