Well, I’m honored to be tasked with penning this page for the first issue after David Freiburger’s final column last month. In a weird coincidence, it turns out that Freiburger and I both touched on the same topic in our latest columns: electric vehicles. His piece, which can be found on his Facebook page, delves into the question of whether EVs are really that great for the environment (spoiler alert: it’s more complicated than you think). For my take on electric vehicles, I want to talk about how EVs will or won’t change the face of hot rodding.
To be honest, even a few months ago I hardly gave EVs a second thought—I saw them as a wealthy person’s second or third car. Then I went to SEMA to cover the EV conversion of our 1957 Chevy, Project X, and learned a ton about EV-swapping a hot rod and about EVs in general. Love or hate the electric-motor swap, the truth is that it was right in line with the job of Project X; namely to try out new hot rodding technologies, and EV stuff certainly qualifies. For now, it’s expensive and requires a certain skill set to accomplish. In time companies like Chevrolet Performance will drop the costs and make packages like the eCrate even more accessible to the average hot rodder.
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Boost in a Bottle
Easy Nitrous Kit Install
The Untold History of Project X
This '57 Chevy's backstory from an insider might be more interesting than the official one.
A Piece of History
The 240-mph Supercharged Hemi-Powered Belly Tank From the '50s Returns
The EV Swap for the Everyman Is Coming Soon
Trials, Tribulations, and Second Thoughts
Did we butcher Project X? Controversy abounds, but how much did we have to modify our 1957 Chevy for its latest drivetrain swap?
The Shape of Perserverence
There is much more to Scott Sullivan’s 1954 Chevy than meets the eye
Parked and stored since 1957, this 1937 ford truck is as original as they come
This Historic Custom Was Built in the ’50s and Hasn’t Changed Since
Blood Letters and Badmen
In the early ’60s, drag racing became a theater of the fantastic. Funny Cars still held very close to the original form, completely recognizable as the street machines from whence they came.
TWENTY YEARS IN THE MAKING, THIS WILD '57 IS BACK ON THE STREET