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Goals for the VW Tesla Kombi project, and restoration begins


Builds

There’s been some considerable progress on the 1973 VW Tesla Kombi restoration and electric conversion recently. Let’s start off with a reminder of what the goals for this project are: Successful “Tesla Swap” – whilst there are plenty of EV conversions utilising re-purposed Tesla parts salvaged from written off Teslas (the Charged Garage Mk1 Cortina […]

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Charged Garage T-Shirts


Merch

Check out the new Charged Garage t-shirts! Designed by us with hand-drawn images of the first 2 conversion projects – the 1965 Ford Cortina and the 1973 VW Kombi bus, and printed locally by Queensland Decal in a cool “white-wall off white” ink colour. Just $20 AUD each plus postage (about $10 within Australia). Available […]

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Upcycled Charged Garage Workshirts


Merch

Keeping with our mantra of “giving a new lease of life on old sh*t” we’ve taken a box of NOS (new old stock) USA industrial workshirts that have been sitting around my house for years and upcycled them for our strictly limited range of Charged Garage vintage modern workshirts. I had this box of genuine […]

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Recent articles and interviews in the press


Builds, News

The all electric Cortina has picked up a bit of media coverage lately. Here’s a fantastic article by Iain Curry from EV Central. He took some great shots of the car and even had a quick drive which he enjoyed thoroughly. Given he drives high performance vehicles for a living this was quite a compliment! […]

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Tesla Kombi EV Conversion video series – the start


Builds, Videos

What’s that? An electric conversion of a classic VW bus using a full Tesla battery pack and Tesla 300hp motor? Yes that’s our new project – and we are hoping you want to see the progress, so we are going to document the build and reveal all the details in these blog pages and on […]

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Full build video and tech talk on the Cortina EV conversion


Videos

The build video is now live on YouTube! Finally we managed to pin down some time to film a walk-around (and under) of the technical features of the 1965 Mk1 Ford Cortina electric conversion with James from Traction EV . Check out the video on YouTube and please leave any comments and questions and let […]

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New Charged Garage YouTube Channel


Videos

Don’t expect much quality or quantity and you won’t be disappointed! Check out the Charged Garage YouTube channel to see some videos about the conversion and the experience of driving in the electric Cortina. If you want to see more film uploaded then please let us know. In the future, were planning to post progress […]

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Electric Car Conversion – how far can you go?


Builds, News

Range test – 100% to 0% So it was time to test out the range in the all-electric Ford Cortina following a recent battery upgrade. After stripping out a wrecked Tesla Model X100D, which have the rarer, more energy-dense 6.2kWh battery modules, I was able to swap out the previous 5.3kWh Tesla modules with the […]

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Links to media coverage of the Electric Ford Cortina


News

Here’s some links to published articles, interviews and write-ups about Charged Garage’s first 100% classic electric car conversion — a 1965 Ford Mk1 Cortina. Classic Ford Magazine (UK) 14th Jan, 2020 The Driven Feb 11, 2020 Ecogeneration Mar 23, 2020 Webinar The first in a series of webinars on EV Conversions by EVolution Australia – […]

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Converting a classic car to electric – step by step photos


Builds

Here’s some photos of the major steps involved in converting a classic car to 100% electric power. In this case it is a Ford 1965 Mk1 Cortina. This isn’t meant to be a how-to guide, or an exhaustive build log – just a quick photographic breakdown of the major steps in electrifying a classic ride. […]

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