Just north of San Diego, California is EV West, an unassuming car shop in a nondescript industrial complex. But this isn’t your ordinary mechanic shop. It’s a bunch of electrical tape monkeys ripping up totaled electric vehicles like Teslas for parts and refitting them into old classics salvaged from the junk yard. In their shop is a Porsche 912, a yellow Baja Bug, a Delorean and a ton more.
At the helm is Michael Bream, founder of Gravity Boards. After smoking the competition in the EV class at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, he started saving classic cars from the shredder and turning them into electric vehicle powerhouses. Michael now has his sights set on being the first to finish the Baja 1000 in an electric vehicle.
I got to spend a few days with this group of passionate, laid back dudes. We could have talked all night about cars and the future of gasoline. One of the best parts was seeing these cool cars drive along the Pacific Ocean.