A MODERN UPDATE ON A CLASSIC EV CONCEPT
"Electrovair II has demonstrated for the first time what electric car performance could be like when that better battery is found." - GM, 1969
Terrance is a 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 900, and Kat is by far not the first person to want to convert this car to electric.
General Motors released this promotional video in 1969 - let's say that again for it to sink in - NINETEEN SIXTY-NINE!!!
But the battery technology in this classic concept was made of a Silver-Zinc chemistry, and therefore there was only a 50 mile range limit. Not that bad, but not good enough for the American car consumer who wanted to truly "See the USA in a Chevrolet."
[tee shirts, mugs will be sold here soon]
"I was surfing Craigslist one day and came across the car for 150 bucks, so of course I had to buy it. After a summer of tinkering it was running for the first time in over fifteen years, and then promptly snapped a connecting rod. I've had plenty of ideas on what I could do to it, but my favorite is to try to stuff a Model 3 drive unit and small battery pack inside. The engine is a conglomeration of Monza and Greenbrier parts, and it has recycled carpeting from the last owner's house, not to mention most of the front is (badly applied) fiberglass, so I'm planning on emphasizing the rattiness to make something quick and fun, practicality be damned!"