The beautiful, old ”american” cars from 1950s and 1960s are gas-driven and huge in size. Unfortunately, their motors running with gasoline and are nowadays considered as nature-destructive vehicles. Globally, hundreds of thousands, even millions of old cars have their own fan base. Enthusiasts are worried to see their own piece of beloved machinery loose their usability. Is there any way of updating the retro cars with modern technology, without losing the design, oh-so-cosy interior and the old feel?
Running cars with electricity instead of gas has been seen as the greener option. As the cleantech focuses on engineering and making cars emission-free, car owners are still worried if all the new cars have to have the futuristic design. Thanks to the vision of one man, lucky coincident and young engineering talent we might still be able to see the vintage cars driving on streets. Mr. Michael M. Richardson from E-drive Retro has begun to realise his vision of upcycling the vintage beauties.
Technology’15 Convention was recently held in Helsinki, Finland. Mr. Richardson’s company and two lovely vintage cars were the showpiece audience wanted to see and understand more closely. The Estonian-based assembly line has not popped out of the blue. E-drive Retro has been developing technological solutions in collaboration with Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences as part of car and electric engineering students’ innovation project.
The vision of bringing life to old cars has been bubbling under for a decade in mr. Richardson’s mind. According to mr. Richardson, the time was not ripe before Tesla made the whole e-car industry take a leap ahead. Hard work starts paying as audience will become more familiar with the idea of plugging the car into the wall instead of driving it to the nearest gas station.
But how did mr. Richardson find Metropolia’s engineering students in the first place? “It was a coincidence”, he says “I happened to bump into an old student of mine, who was studying at Metropolia. She gave me the hint, I found out more and soon enough we were collaborating. Couldn’t be more pleased with the results!”
Watch Michael M. Richardson’s sharing his thoughts on the vintage car upcycling and the project work on the Youtube-clip below.
For more detailed information, please contact E-drive Retro’s homepage here.