While electric cars have become truly mainstream, companies like EV West are choosing to go their own route. It’s true that cars like the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan Leaf are more popular than ever, but some auto enthusiasts want something a little different – something unique.
When Disruptive Nation caught up with EV West’s Michael Bream, he had just returned from the salt flats of Bonneville in Utah. The EV West team succeeded in setting a new land speed record at the world-famous Bonneville Speedway with a Tesla-powered Lakester. The purely electric vehicle reached a top speed of over 250 miles per hour, with a per-mile average of 229 miles per hour. To date, this is the fastest speed that any Tesla-powered E2-class vehicle has achieved. In addition, the Tesla battery was charged entirely by solar panels.
Just days after returning to the EV West shop in San Marcos, California, Michael Bream told Disruptive Nation: “You lead by example. We’re having a lot of fun, and we’re going really fast, but we’re doing it in a sustainable fashion. We want the focus to be on fun and fast – the byproduct is the sustainability factor.”
Customizing classic cars with EV conversion kits is a growing trend among automotive hobbyists, and EV West has been involved in this blossoming niche for over 18 years. While there wasn’t a huge demand when the Company first started, this movement is clearly gathering momentum in 2020.
Initially, EV West provided in-house services for customers who wanted to convert their cars with EV kits, taking care of the entire process from start to finish. Some of the components that EV West offers include motors, controllers, chargers, cables and complete electric car driveline technologies. Today, Mr. Breem admitted that the demand is so high for these services that EV West switched entirely to a manufacturing/distributing business model.
EV West manufactures and distributes its own electric motor kits and components to customers around the world while providing guidance and decades of experience for those who need it. EV West’s typical customer is someone who loves classic cars but wants the added sustainability and performance of an electric engine under the hood.
While it may be cheaper to buy a Tesla Model 3 or a Nissan Leaf, many auto enthusiasts want to make the switch to an EV without sacrificing the classic, all-American aesthetic of hot rod culture. Michael Bream told Disruptive Nation that comparing a Nissan Leaf to one of his custom EVs is like comparing a Chevrolet Malibu to a ‘65 Mustang. As EV West has discovered, there is a strong demand for something more – something not quite so mainstream.
EV West is working diligently to manage the growing demand for its components and EV kits throughout the future. They’re also working on breaking the overall electric car land speed record of 314 miles per hour.
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