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The road to 1.5C is paved with auto retrofits

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This showed up in my email today. I have been hearing about people who wanted to hang on to their classic cars but retrofitted them to be electric vehicles. The prices that were quoted were eye watering.

This one is new to me. BC is already one of most electrified car provinces on the country. But this company is on our doorstep. And is worth checking out – or at least watching the short video.

Blue Dot Motorworks, a Seattle-based start-up developing universal retrofit kits that can convert virtually any conventional vehicle into a plug-in hybrid, is positioned to address this challenge with the most scalable, cost effective, and resource-efficient solution for the largest end-use contributor to climate change — road transportation. 

“Despite the recent growth in EV manufacturing, we will not have put a significant dent in the number of conventional vehicles currently on the road by 2050, due to the size and growth of the global fleet. 

“Moreover, at $66k for the average EV, the current market leaves behind many people, and excludes them from the benefits of electrification.  Blue Dot’s innovations will unlock the mainstream retrofit market in the same way that Ford’s manufacturing innovations with the Model T unlocked the mainstream automobile market: by making the solution affordable to the middle class through mass-production.

“Over the last 6 years, MIT-educated mechanical engineer Tom Gurski has developed, patented, and prototyped (literally from his garage!) the system you can see in action in this two minute video.

We will be piloting our product in BC for a couple of school districts. We are 18 months from commercially available kits, but we intend to make them available in Canada.”

Written by Stephen Rees

November 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Posted in electric cars