This company will convert your gas-guzzling classic car into a zero-emissions EV.
Now that President Biden has announced an ambitious plan to halve US emissions by 2030, Zero Labs is on a mission to prolong the life of classic combustion-powered cars that will fail to meet new emissions regulations. There are twenty times more classic cars on the road than electric cars, but there's a real danger they will become extinct when global emission bans begin in 2025.
Last year, Zero Labs introduced its revolutionary Classic Electric Platform that will convert any gas-guzzling classic car into a zero-emissions electric car to keep them on the road for future generations to enjoy. Last year, the firm used the electric platform to build the world's first electric classic Ford Bronco. As a proof of concept, Zero Labs has released a video showing the completed electric Ford Bronco on the move charging up and down mountains in the Mojave California Desert. This wasn't a pristine example, either: the neglected Bronco was 50 years old and hadn't been driven in 30 years.
It also had a rusted engine and battered bodywork. According to Zero Labs, it would usually take around six months to a year to convert it using older technology, but it only took 24 hours using the Classic Electric Platform without any specialized tools.
"The results were exhilarating. It effortlessly concurred the mountains rocks and sand and we had to slam on the brakes at the top of most hills for fear of shooting over the top," said CEO and Founder Adam Roe. "The drone had a really hard time keeping up at times. It's hard to describe the experience of being a vehicle in such physically bad shape that performs better than most new gas cars but that's the point. If we can transform a rusted old classic like this, what can we do for the millions of classics you do love?"
However, a complete conversion will take more than 24 hours as the Bronco's bodywork wasn't restored. Each car will also need "complete alignment, testing, and smaller interior details to improve the relationship," but the conversion is "thousands of times faster than the old methods." Zero Labs' Electric Classic Platform is available for SUVs, pickup trucks, muscle cars, and two-door coupes.
As standard, the electric platform comes with independent front and rear suspension and a rear-mounted single electric motor producing 300 hp. The Bronco used in the demonstration was powered by an optional 600-hp dual motor setup with AWD. Converted classics will have over 200 miles of range and Level 3 DC Fast charging is also available. As EV technology improves, the platform is fully upgradable.
Zero Labs is currently building the first complete customer cars, but is working with investors and manufacturing partners to "bring these vehicles to market at a scale and price to meet the global demand," with more details to be announced in the next few months.