Under the hood view of a gas to electric car conversion

How Much Does An EV Conversion Cost?

If you’re considering undertaking an EV conversion, you may be wondering how much it will set you back. As awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow, more and more people are converting their cars and trucks to electric.

The Future of Cars Has a Price

Many people are looking to go electric to preserve or improve their beloved cars. Because new, market EVs can cost anywhere between $30,000 to over $50,000 but don’t have the same individuality and style as the type of cars we often see converted, combustion-to-electric conversions are becoming increasingly popular.

EV Conversion Cost Points

Foremost EV’s packages start at $65,000 including parts and labor.

How much a conversion will cost is not as straightforward as you might think because there are several factors—starting with the kind of car you drive, desired speed performance, drive range between charges, charge times and more. In general, lighter weight classic cars with manual transmissions are easier and more affordable to convert than heavier vehicles.  The longer the range, the more batteries and thus typically more weight.

Everything Comes Down To The Basics

The basics of an EV retrofit include swapping out a classic car’s engine, exhaust system, radiator, and drivetrain for an electric motor and battery. However, there’s more thought involved than a simple one-to-one switch—especially when it comes to ensuring that your converted car meets your needs.

Torque & Horsepower

Getting the right electric motor depends on getting the right battery and how you are planning to drive your car. If you want the most torque and horsepower an electric engine can offer, expect to pay more than you would for a basic one, often by thousands of dollars.

How Much Battery Is Right For You

Electric vehicle battery cost varies depending on the type you use but they are usually the most expensive part to get, often going upwards of $10,000, though you can find some for around $4,000 as well. Range anxiety and more powerful vehicles mandate larger battery packs, while shorter commutes and less powerful vehicles can make do with less.

Adjust Your Motor Performance

A motor controller can allow you to adjust the performance of your motor to give you a boost in speed or torque. Basic, mid, and even top-tier motor controller options often come with the electric motor of your choice but can be $1,000 or more if you’re looking for a specific benefit.

Let Our Experts Handle Your EV Conversion

Ready to learn more about how Foremost EV can help you with your custom EV conversion in Phoenix, Arizona, and surrounding areas? Contact us today to get your beloved car’s conversion to electric started. Our experts will make sure that it is done right the first time.

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