Electric GT got started by building one-off conversions, starting back in 2014 with their infamous 1978 Ferrari 308 that they saved from the scrap heap after it had nearly burned to the ground. Taking that hulk and turning it into an electric-powered monster inspired the team to think about what other EVs they could create, leading to conversions of an electric 1966 Ford Mustang called the E-Stang, an electric FJ-40, and an electric Fiat Spider.
In addition to the five conversions they’ve completed to-date, they sell parts and a conversion kit using off-the-shelf components like the Warp 9 motor. This is something other companies are doing, so they also have a unique ace up their sleeves in how they plan to make their unique mark on the electric car landscape.
Their trademark idea is to make EV conversions into a Plug & Play affair, with an all-in-one “Motor Block” that includes not only the motor, but the controller, batteries, chargers, relays, and sensors. This “Motor Block” even has the appearance of a class V8 engine, making it a shoe-in for gearheads looking to swap out a Ford or Chevy small block with an electric powertrain.
So far, this “Gte-Crate System” is still in the prototype phase. Work so far has been hush-hush other than splashy photos of the Motor Block sitting in engine bays. In June of 2020, Road & Track included a feature on Electric GT that seemed glowing, and the idea holds a lot of promise and will likely require a lot of engineering work to get to production, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to buy one off the shelf this year.
That said, progress appears to be solid and once it is released, it will make other off-the-shelf kit companies sit up and notice if they deliver on their promise to make EV conversions as simple as they are advertising. This Motor Block concept from Electric GT is something to watch, and in the meantime, you can buy conventional EV parts and kits from them.