Is SEMA at a dead end? The answer may be electrifying


If your dream is a hot rod built by the marriage of a vintage muscle car to a giant flame-spitting V-8, then there were literally hundreds of companies at the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas that can help you realize it. As there were in 2017. And 2016... and for much of the show’s 51-year history. But if you want to build something like the Icon’s most recent Derelict, a 1949 Mercury coupe running a 400-horsepower electric motor powered by an 85 kW/hour Tesla battery, or like the electric 700-hp Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro unveiled by GM at this year’s show, you’re outta luck.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/11/02/icon-derelict--electric-1949-mercury-sema-build