Parksville-based company gives classic car production a unique boost – Parksville Qualicum Beach News


Vintage car owners and hot rod enthusiasts will now have the opportunity to make their vehicles environmentally friendly.

A partnership, involving Canadian Electric Vehicles Ltd. of Parksville and Webb Motorworks in Victoria, has designed electric motors that can fit standard engine mounts of popular classic cars with minimal integration. They will always produce high power performance, only with zero emissions.

canEV and Webb Motorworks produced e-Crate motors which were recently unveiled at the popular Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas.

Innovative electric powertrains will deliver decades of trouble-free performance with virtually no maintenance. The beauty and style of iconic cars will no longer feature tailpipes spewing out untreated particulate emissions and climate-damaging greenhouse gases.

“These powertrains are state-of-the-art systems with performance and handling far beyond the engines they replaced,” said Todd Maliteare, president of canEV. “This first three-car series was a difficult project for our team, and we have gained incredible experience that we look forward to using for future high performance electric vehicle projects.”

The three iconic vehicles presented at SEMA included a 1932 Ford Deuce Coupé, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible; and a 1969 Camaro Z / 28. They are the result of six months of research, development and refinement.

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“This combination of components sets a new bar for EV conversions,” said Maliteare. “We broke through the low voltage and power barriers of the past. Our new approach propels the conversion market to the level of performance expected of high-end OEM electric vehicles. “

Each of the three vehicles features a custom powerhouse housed in e-Crate designs by Webb Motorworks. The prototypes on display at SEMA21 are expected to go into production in 2022.

“Finally, hot rod and classic car enthusiasts can maintain the power and performance of their vehicle without having to compromise the aesthetics of their engine bay. Said Chris Webb, owner of Webb Motorworks.

– NEWS Staff

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