MOTORTREND The Most Electrifying EV Conversions from the 2021 SEMA Show
The future is electric, and these EV swaps have us excited for it.
Link to article, slideshow photos: https://www.motortrend.com/news/2021-sema-show-electric-vehicle-ev-swaps
If there is anything to take away from the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, it's this: electric vehicles and EV swaps are not going to ruin the industry. Wandering the Las Vegas convention center's hallways, noodling between the booths, we spotted numerous compelling vehicles that either started life as EVs or were converted to electric power as part of their makeovers.
What is clear is that electrics are going to strengthen the car hobby, and even better, the aftermarket is embracing the swap side by making it easier to use scrapyard EV parts or even utilize brand new units and package everything you need—including a battery pack—into a single kit. Also, because of the size of the motors and customization of battery packs and their running gear, destructive modification isn't required for a majority of these swaps and are literally bolt-in. Prices for these components also continue to fall. Need some more inspiration? Here are the EVs and EV swaps that wowed us at the 2021 SEMA Show.
CanEV 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
This swap features a Webb Motorworks Small Block E-Crate motor, which looks closely like a small block Chevy that would have been found under the hood of this Tri-Five. It even has a set of faux "headers," "valve covers," and even an "intake manifold" to disguise the motors as engines. Obviously, none of these features are functional, but it does give the user options for custom beauty parts just like an old small block engine would have, corny as it might be.