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All the time I ask myself: “What’s the best way to create a vintage-based electric vehicle?”
Kindred Motorworks has come up with a truck that might be the answer. Based on the 1947-1953 Chevrolet 3100 models, this EV is very much on the sleeper side of the scale.
Not in capability, but because you’d be able to slip into any local car show or use this truck as intended—it is still mostly metal, after all. According to Kindred, its charging and performance specs are decent for an EV destined to be used as a ($159,000++ Usd.) business write-off or the parts hauler for a wealthy collector’s maintenance crew.
I think that’s a shame. Heavily revised inside and out from suspension to steering, brakes to USB ports, this is one truck proven to survive more than 50 years on earth before being given a new lease on life.
Recycling still-good vehicles into EVs that’ll last seems like a smart way to combat climate change.
At the Los Angeles Auto Show, Fiat North America announced that it’s really, really trying to sell more than just one model in North America.
Thing is, for a huge corporation like Stellantis, designing, manufacturing, and producing an affordable city-sized electric car like the 500e would take resources from projects the executives are actually passionate about.
You may think this is unfair, but as lovable as this car is—and knowing each generation of 500 has sold very well—you’d think a reborn 500e would be a top priority. Now that electric drivetrains have all but priced budget-conscious buyers out of even a new 500e, brace yourself for 5-10 years of expensive special editions and little respite on price.
If showing a few dressed-up EVs is the best Fiat can do for the U.S. (and Canada), my sincere advice is to do the impossible: better, faster…and do it for less.
see also :: The All-New Fiat 500e • Fiat USA
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