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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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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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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Can a converted EV charge at public fast chargers?


Builds

How hard can it be? We had the hardware (a CHAdeMO socket salvaged from a wrecked Mitsubishi i-MiEV), and the software (Orion BMS2), which proclaims to support CHAdeMO charging “out of the box”. Unfortunately it wasn’t exactly a plug-n-play exercise to get DC fast charging to work on a non-OEM electric car. See the previous […]

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DC Fast Charging in a converted classic electric car


Builds

If you drive an EV you want to recharge it as fast as you can right? And you want the ability to travel long and far, often further than your range, and make the most of the ever-growing network of public chargers. Even though you may not need it everyday, on the occasion when you […]

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100% Electric Ford Mk1 Cortina – Specs


Builds

Short on time and just want the nitty gritty details? Here they are: Battery: Tesla 31kWh (5 liquid-cooled modules from a 2018 Model X 100D) Range ~180 kms Motor: Netgain HyPer9 AC electric motor, 100kW peak, 235Nm (173lb/ft) torque, 120V Performance: 0-100km/h in ~7.5sec; top speed: not tested above 130km/h yet… Drivetrain: Reconditioned 4.44 ratio […]

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