People with money collect cars. People with money, influence policy change. If you convince people with money that electric cars can be cool, they will be more willing to ask big companies for more electric cars. They also show normal people that its cool to drive electric. Yeah, I’m stretching to make these connections, but it’s still there and it’s not like making electric cars for rich people is a bad thing for the environment. You can find an old VW rabbit or mark 2 or whatever from the early 80s for $300 and Good Opossum I Am Good Kitty Vintage Shirt then convert it to electric for a couple thousand on top of that.
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There’s a pretty big online community of people who do that. The homebrew method gets you about a 30-mile range. Most of the cost is in lithium batteries. Cost about 8x as much as lead-acid (but get you 5-10 x the range). The problem is if you don’t program your battery management system right they like to catch on fire. While I’m all for the environment and Good Opossum I Am Good Kitty Vintage Shirt getting those old cars a second life, the biggest reason those things aren’t still around is safety.
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The chance of being in an accident that could kill you goes up considerably the older the car. This. You’ll never beat the rumbling sound of a nice American V8, the awesome sound of a BMW m3 at full throttle, or any other performance car. I like how different models all have a different sound… one of the cool things about cars. and the noise and rumble is part of the car, it’s what makes it what it is. And Good Opossum I Am Good Kitty Vintage Shirt these cars are normally not driven that much, so their environmental impact is very small, it’s not worth doing this conversion.