Classic Vintage Cars Go Electric

Las Vegas, NV November 1, 2021 – for immediate release

A Canadian business partnership has revealed a novel approach to rejuvenate classic cars with state-of-the-art electric power trains. The result: high performance, retro flair, and zero emissions.

e-Crate motors were unveiled this week to a global audience at SEMA 2021 in Las Vegas by British Columbia companies canEV and Webb Motorworks. This line of performance motors is designed to drop right into standard engine mounts of popular classic cars and, with minimal integration, fully replace legacy gasoline engines and supporting components. 

The result is zero-emission performance that outshines all legacy components.  The new electric power trains will provide decades of trouble-free performance with virtually no maintenance. The e-Crate value proposition:  the beauty and styling of iconic cars will not be marred by exhaust pipes spewing untreated particulate emissions and climate damaging greenhouse gases.

The auto world is going electric, and the e-Crate approach to conversion means that transition can happen in style. In the years ahead when everyone is driving electric, no one will want to contribute to carbon emissions unnecessarily. Not to mention the fact that, and as electric drive becomes the norm, options for repair and servicing of legacy gasoline engines will be harder and harder to locate or afford.

The team from canEV and Webb Motorworks are showcasing three cars at this year’s SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) trade show in Las Vegas November 2-5th. They’re presenting an iconic trio of classic cars: a ’32 Ford Deuce Coupe; a ’57 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible; and a ‘69 Camaro Z/28. Each vehicle features a customized electric power plant housed in Webb Motorworks’ e-Crate designs.  The prototypes on display at SEMA21 are expected to be taken into production in 2022.

“These powerplants are state-of-the-art systems with performance and drive-ability that is well beyond the engines they replaced” said Todd Maliteare, President of canEV.  “This first run of three cars was a challenging project for our team, and we’ve gained incredible experience that we look forward to utilizing for future high performance EV projects”. 

He adds that the three show vehicles are the result of six months’ research, development and refinement. “This combination of components sets a new bar for EV conversions. We have surged through the low voltage and horsepower barriers of the past. Our new approach rockets the conversion market to the performance level expected from high-end OEM electric vehicles.” 

Webb Motorworks offers a variety of e-Crate designs to fit the engine block being replaced. The result is an attractive retro look matching the vehicle’s original appeal in a way that has never been seen before in conversions.  “Finally, hot-rodders and classic car fans can maintain their vehicles’ power and performance without having to compromise the aesthetic of their engine compartment.” said Chris Webb, Owner of Webb Motorworks.

e-Crate systems come with high quality components provided by canEV including motor drives delivering up to 370KW of power (500Hp) with battery packs designed for various driving ranges.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible – photo canEV

1932  Ford Deuce Coupe with e-Crate power train.


 Webb Motorworks e-Crate in the 69 Camaro Z/28 with canEV electric power train components.

57 Chev Bel Air e-Crate electric motor bay


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Visit canEV’s SEMA21 Show Gallery

Reserve your Webb Motorworks e-Crate

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About Canadian Electric Vehicles Ltd

canEV™ was formed in 1995 and has provided EV conversion services, parts and support for more than 25 years to DIY consumers and EV conversion shops internationally. canEV supports commercial and industrial customers its line of low-speed vehicle utility trucks, the Might-E Truck™, and also provides electric power train kits (EPTs) for conversion of a variety of vehicles and equipment including ice-resurfacing machines for arenas and airport ground support equipment.  canEV provides custom design and engineering services, and EPTs to assist businesses convert their fleets from diesel to electric as a cost effective and timely option to move to zero-emissions. canEV is based in Parksville, BC, Canada

Media Contact: John Stonier, 

About Webb Motor Works Ltd.

Formed in 2015 Webb Motorworks was founded by Chris Webb an insatiable automotive enthusiast and auto mechanic who was inspired by his 1936 Hayes vintage logging truck EV conversion and a suggestion by his daughter Emi to create an attractive retro look shell to house electric power train equipment. The result is a simple and beautiful solution to converting your classic car to trouble free zero-emission electric.  Webb Motorworks is based in Victoria, BC, Canada

Media Contact: Emi Webb,

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