Moment wants to turn classic cars into worry-free electric vehicles (and we’re all about that), as well as take replicas like “Ford Cobras” and “Porsche Speedsters” and stick electric drivetrains underneath them. Focusing on process, they are cranking out consistently high-quality conversions at a regular pace. They’ve converted vehicles originally produced by Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Datsun, Mini, BMW, and a 1981 Delorean DMC-12. I don’t think Marty would have to worry about getting the engine started in that one. Although, one wonders what a jolt of 1.21 gigawatts would do to an electric drivetrain.
Moment Modular Systems
To allow for re-use of their know-how from conversion to conversion, they use proprietary “Moment Modular Systems.” These leverage motors from Netgain, HPEVS, and Parker in single, dual inline, and dual stacked designs. Standardized configurations allow for simplified installations in most classic cars. This makes the process less time and money-intensive.
In addition to the motors, they also have standardized and modular battery boxes they’ve designed that can house Tesla Model S and Model X modules. These battery boxes can be thought of as buildable bricks that can be slotted in wherever they fit in classic cars.
The “CL” Line
When doing bespoke vehicle restoration and conversion, most companies view this as a service. Moment looks minimize surprises for their customers. As such, they consider their conversions a product. They have two “product lines” available: “CL” and “R” lines. The “CL” line is their classic car conversion offering. Each conversion takes six steps to go from start to finish. The six steps at a high level are:
- Acquisition and Assessment
- Internal Combustion Engine Removal
- Engineering and Fabrication
You can come and go from the shop at your leisure, and they update a private blog just for you so you know how the process is going. This level of transparency is a surprise in the vehicle restoration/conversion world in general, but a welcome one. With each conversion costing between $50,000 and $150,000, this open communication is key to entrusting Moment with your hard-earned dollars.
As of this writing, Moment has a six month wait time for new conversions to start. However, that six months is not necessarily spent sitting on their hands. If you want to start the conversion process they can begin working to help you find a perfect donor vehicle for the conversion as well as start on pre-conversion restoration steps.
The “R” Line
Their “R” line is more of product than a service. Here, they build high-quality replica cars from known entities such as the Factory Five Roadster (aka “Ford Cobra”) and Vintage Motorcars (aka “Porsche Spyder” and “Speedster”). In the process, they slot batteries and electric motors underneath. Since this involves no restoration work, the process is more straightforward for Moment. Most conversions will cost between $70,000 and $100,000 depending on options. While you give up a little in historical significance by going the replica route, you can enjoy a guilt-free experience if you are one of those people that can’t bear the thought of a flat six being dropped from the rear of a classic Porsche and replaced with an electric motor. It also allows you to set lap times at the race track without the concern of slamming a 50-year-old classic into a wall.
Moment Motors has just started the process of doing these “R” vehicles, so they are still in development and you can register your interest by contacting them.
Moment Motor Company is focused on creating high-quality classic car conversions and new-build replica electric cars with standardized processes and components. They have built a reputation based on transparency and communication with customers, and the end result shows that process is not wasted – each build shines.