The main reason you see these conversions done on the classic VW archetype is that the bolt pattern for those manual transmissions often times matches directly up to the most common electric motors used for this type of thing.
I have seen their web site, and they do good quality work. However, here in the Midwest, we usually save money by doing the conversion itself.
Was originally drawn to this article thinking the title meant something more along the lines of what another commenter alluded to-will current-era “Green” cars become classics in the future?
Yes, a bonus to converting your VW is no longer dealing with oil leaks. A further bonus for converting your ride to an EV is better parking spots (if your local community is that fast-forward in thinking.)
The interesting thing, is that in the infancy of the automobile era, they expected electric vehicles to be where the technology would go. The plentiful amount of gasoline, and perhaps, not a clear understanding of air pollution lead to the internal combustion engine’s dominance of that market. Many in the “EV” crowd today wonder what a 100 years of battery advances would have done if the gasoline internal combustion engine never got off of the ground.
I would miss the Fweem, if I converted my bug. As far as values go, you wouldn’t be recouping any of this cost (mentioned by the article if you pay a Profe$$ional to do the conversion) at auction for you no longer have a numbers-matching ride.
The reason to do this to your ride besides oil stains, is more of a daily driver kind of thing, for now, I would guess. The reason to pay somebody this much money to do this perhaps has more to do with conspicuous consumption rather than improving collectability value (which is different from daily driver value, or regular value as whole, to be sure.)
In the future, when gasoline reserves are empty, or highly regulated, as we see the future of the road being more regulated (with self-driving cars around the corner) perhaps a conversion to EV will be more of a necessity rather than an oddity or eco luxury.
Here in Indiana, they’ve recently changed the tax laws regarding EVs and Hybrids reflecting the state’s inability to recoup lost gasoline taxes from these vehicles. That’s right, now they are paying $150 per annum to keep running their rides. However, there’s nothing stopping me from converting my bug to EV and skipping out on this $150 per annum figure because the bug didn’t ship from the factory as an EV or a hybrid vehicle.
Sure, $150 doesn’t sound like much compared to the cost of salon-style ev conversions. But, comparing it to a DIY-conversion, there may be a break-even point between doing it that way rather than buying a manufactured tesla, prius, hybrid, or other ev style vehicle and being on the hook for that additional $150 per annum.
As far as collectability of EVs and hybrids go, here’s where I am with that:
A Tesla roadster (especially if the company goes belly up) would be collectible.
I’ve always had a fondness in my heart for the 1st gen Toyota prius, that was a sedan style body (like the Echo) instead of a hatchback style body.
Actually, the Chevy Volt is now ending it’s production run, and any astute classic car collector will tell you a limited production run does have an impact on value years down the road.
Just my thoughts on this…