In electric vehicles, Tesla has a clear advantage in terms of driving performance and range. EV West, a well-known U.S. car modification company, recently unveiled a new electric retrofit kit that makes it easier for traditional fuel cars to become electric vehicles. The retrofit kit uses a Tesla motor and will be suitable for any car that can accept a Chevrolet small block engine.
The EV West is equipped with a bracket that allows it to be bolded to any bracket with a Chevy LS or Chevy small-block V-8 engine, which not only covers the decades-old Chevrolet product line, but also supports Tesla motor retrofits for any car that can be converted to work with the engine.
The electric retrofit kit includes motors and brackets as well as power inverters. Since Tesla does not sell new motors to anyone, the motors used have been refurbished by EV West. This retrofit kit does not require a transmission and is connected directly to the drive shaft. It has a 2:1 decelerator before entering the drive shaft and differential.
EV West recommends a 4:1 rear with an overall drive ratio of 8:1. This, combined with smaller wheels and tires, will provide gear drives similar to those of the standard Tesla. It’s not cheap to achieve an electric retrofit, which takes 1-2 months and costs $30,000, and $50,000 if additional components such as batteries are added to form a more complete powertray.