Automotive up-cycling, the taking of old, gas-powered vehicles and giving them new electric drivetrains, has really become a thing here in the US, despite the availability of plug-in models from various automakers. The movement even has a week-long annual convention – the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON), organized by the folks at EVTV – that allows people to show off the fruits of EV-conversion labors and take part in workshops and shop talks.
Ever since lithium batteries first became available to the general public, the popularity of converting gas-powered cars to run on electricity has been on the rise. This is something we can get behind, since not only does recycling previously-manufactured vehicles make environmental sense, it's also great to see classic automotive metal get a new, improved lease on life.
Last September's inaugural Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON) held by the EVTV guys was, by any measure, a resounding success that combined a higher-than-expected turnout (both of participants and cars) with a well-rounded itinerary of activities and discussions. Ironically, given that the organizers are in the business of making a weekly EV-focused web-tv program, the only thing missing in the aftermath was a video document of the event. No more.
The recent Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCCON) hosted by EVTV appears to have been an unqualified success and plans are already afoot for next year's event. By all accounts, attendees were more than happy with an itinerary that included autocross and drag racing, numerous information sessions, along with an address by Chris Paine of Who Killed The Electric Car? fame, followed by a viewing of his latest film, Revenge of the Electric Car.
Cape Girardeau is generally thought of – when it's thought of at all – as a modest Missouri town on a slow bend in the Mississippi river. For five days beginning September 21st however, it will become the center of the electric car conversion universe as Jack Rickard and his "compadre and consigliore" Brian Noto of EVTV host the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention (EVCcon).