Tempe company converts gasoline cars to electric cars

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – As gas prices have continued to rise in recent months, many are looking for alternatives. And an Arizona company can keep your current gas-powered car and convert it to electric. But its CEO and founder was initially not very keen on the idea.

“I’m a car guy,” said Rob Ward of Legacy EV. “I didn’t like the electric thing.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement from Ward. But after driving his friend’s Tesla, it didn’t take long for Ward to do a 180. “Number one, eco-friendly,” Ward said. “Number two, it works. If it didn’t work, I would have a hard time with it.

Ward launched Legacy EV in 2019 and quickly realized there was an untapped market for converting gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles. “Everyone feels like they’re late, and they have to go,” Ward said. “And I would agree. If you don’t do it now, you are falling behind.

Legacy EV is the one stop shop for electric vehicle conversions and builds. Legacy provides EV conversion kits from a wide range of electric vehicle component manufacturers, making it easy to find, compare, and ultimately find the perfect kits and components for your vehicle. Honor the past, protect the future.

In addition to the environmental impact and better mileage, converting to an electric vehicle also means significantly less maintenance. Ward says that instead of thousands of parts, you’re dealing with 50 or 60. Still, even for those 50 or 60 parts, finding those who know how to install or repair them can be a challenge. “It’s a pretty simple conversion,” Ward said. “That being said, for most people this is uncharted territory. So the learning curve kicks in.”

To help keep up with the ever-changing nature of electrical technology, Ward’s has launched a virtual Certified Technician program that anyone can participate in. Fifty have already done so, and Ward expects that number to grow to thousands by the end of the year.

So how much does a conversion cost? Well, as you can imagine, it’s not cheap. Ward says someone is planning to spend at least $16,000 on a vehicle. But he says it’s an investment that will eventually pay off.

“It’s an exciting time,” Ward said. “There are new products in development. You keep watching, and it will get better, more efficient. Prices will continue to fall. »

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