Could an electric Cortina win Classic Ford Car of the Year?


News

After featuring on the cover of UK magazine Classic Ford earlier in the year, the electric Mk1 Cortina has been nominated as a contender for their Car of the Year 2021. It only takes a few seconds, 3 clicks, and no need to enter name/email/data etc. So no excuse! Let’s try to get an electrified […]

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First ever EV conversion to feature in Street Machine magazine!


News

This month’s Street Machine magazine (Australia’s leading customised car magazine) is a very special issue, not just because it is the 40th anniversary edition, but also because they have featured a full 6 page spread on the electric Cortina! Not only that, but here is another full article all about EV conversions, with more pics […]

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Cortina on the cover of UK magazine!


News

How cool is this? A cover story in the new Classic Ford magazine from the UK! Classic Ford wanted to know all about the conversion process, the history of the Cortina and how I decided to tackle the task of electrification. The photos by Matt Williams were so good that it nabbed the front cover […]

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Street Machine feature the electric Mk1 Cortina!


Builds, News, Videos

Iconic Australian auto magazine Street Machine have gone out on a limb and featured the electric Mk1 Cortina in the below video on their YouTube channel, posing the question: “Is this the future of Street Machining? This Cortina has ditched the factory four-pot for a single Tesla motor and a reduced battery back. It gets […]

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Recent articles and interviews in the press – updated Oct ’21


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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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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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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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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