Bright sparks fuel a new market by giving old cars new electric life

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One of the cars in the Clayton South store is a 1963 EJ Holden wagon that Mrs. Sutcliffe bought from a paddock for $ 6,000. Until the summer, she will drive him every day to visit clients or trade shows.

Another in the hangar is a still in good condition 1979 Toyota Landcruiser HJ47 owned by Perth customer Chris Bausor who is paying around $ 100,000 for the conversion.

Much of that award is due to a unique challenge he gave EVolution Australia: instead of the standard 300-kilometer range, the off-road enthusiast Mr. Bausor wants 500 kilometers.

“I love the body, the shape – everything about this Landcruiser era, whether it’s a ute or a troop transporter – they’re an absolute work of art,” Ms. Bausor.

“I was looking to get the diesel back up and running and take it around Australia. Then I ran into the guys at EV and started getting more and more into it and it looked like a fun fix. . “

When he returns to Melbourne early next year, Mr Bausor hopes to rent it out to other enthusiasts on the weekends when he won’t be using it for himself.

While the new 2.5 cents per kilometer tax announced in the Victorian state budget last week was a blow to the entire industry, Ms Sutcliffe said there was no d stopping the rise of electric vehicles.

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“The writing is on the wall with this stuff, but there are still gasoline vehicles being manufactured and sold in the Australian market,” she said.

“So we’re going to see this group of vehicles in Australia that nobody is going to want to buy. I don’t know when that time will come, but I think probably in 2022-2023.”

She said Evolution Australia is now focusing on cutting costs and time so that everyday Australians with more mainstream cars can ultimately save money by choosing a conversion over a new electric model.

“The Toyota Corollas, for example, can we get it to $ 5,000 and where it takes a day to make and gives you a range similar to a gasoline vehicle,” she said.

“This is where I think the market is for us in the next 5 to 10 years.”

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