SEMA 2022 Top 10 EV Builds – Electric Vehicles (EVs) are rapidly gaining popularity, with most of the major car manufacturers planning to go all or mostly electric within the next 10 years or so. This growing market was highlighted at the SEMA Electrified area at the SEMA Show 2022. Additionally, walking around the show there were several vendors selling EV motors, batteries, and conversion kits. Several of the major car manufacturers, including DeLorean, Dodge, and Lexus, brought their latest concept vehicles. Let’s take a look at my 10 favorite EV builds from the SEMA Show 2022.
10. This has to be the ultimate EV sleeper, a 1957 Fleetside Chevy pickup. From the outside, this truck is highly weathered and looks to be on its last legs. Under the hood though sits a fresh electric motor powered by a set of batteries hidden in the bed box. It a fresh take on giving new life to a highly patinaed truck.
9. Ampere EV brought their all-electric DeLorean DMC12. Frankly, something feels so right about powering a DMC12 with an electric motor. Perhaps it is because I am so used to seeing a flux capacitor in between the seats? The exterior is all original while the interior got a few digital upgrades, but nothing over the top.
8. “Electrollite” is a 1972 Plymouth Satellite powered by a Tesla Ludicrous large sport drive unit. Making 636 hp, this EV makes it from 0 to 60 in just over 3 seconds. Overall, this is very clean build with a digital dash, smooth silver paint, and large aftermarket brakes. I am particularly fond of the custom logo that loosely resembles the “hellcat” logo but is actually a devil with lightning bolts for horns.
7. The “EV500” is a 1965 Mustang converted to all electric. Tucked neatly in the engine bay is a reVolt Systems CR-43 Crate Motor while the batteries consume most, but not all, of the trunk. The interior received a few updates including race seats, digital gauge cluster, and a rollbar.
6. Eneos brought their heavily modified Tesla Model 3, which was originally built for the 2021 running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. First of all, I am big fan of taking a family sedan and using it for something as crazy as climbing Pikes Peak. Secondly, this car just looks menacing, which is surprising to say about a Model 3. The list of upgrades is far too long to mention here, but let’s just say that there is a lot of engineering involved. The car is co-sponsored by Turn 14 Distribution, Yokohama Tire, Evasive Motorsports, and Eneos.
5. The centerpiece of the Dodge display was their Charger Daytona SRT concept car. It is the brand’s first major attempt at the next generation Charger. Overall, the styling is somewhere between the current generation Charger and Challenger, with some pleasant upgrades including the lighting and front spoiler. This car of course features an “electric exhaust system” to mimic the sounds of a roaring V8. I commend Dodge for recognizing that many muscle car fanatics believe a muscle car should be loud. I am personally unsure if mimicking the sounds of a gas-powered car will cut it. I guess we will find out in 2024 when it hits the market.
4. The Porsche 935 is a 911 with a fiberglass body kit designed for racing in the late 70s including winning the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans. Bisimoto fitted a 1984 Porsche with a 935 body kit and not only electrified it, but they also made it gorgeous too. Bisimoto fitted the car with a 475kW liquid cooled motor delivering over 600 hp. Rather than a push button transmission, Bisimoto opted to create a custom shifter mimicking a traditional gearbox but only offering forward, reverse, and neutral.
3. What happens when you mix a Shelby AC Cobra with two Tesla Model Ss? You get the Scorpion 1000. Using two motors from a Tesla Model S, Scorpion put 1000 hp with 1000 lb-ft of torque in a car that only weighs 2700 lbs. With an eye on track performance, this car features a rollbar, racing harnesses, and carbon fiber seats. One of the most unique features of this car is being able to change the drivetrain between all-wheel drive, front wheel drive, and rear wheel drive.
2. The folks over a Kindig It Design unveiled the CF1 at the 2021 SEMA Show. A custom car that pays homage to a 1953 Corvette while making the car even more stylish and more comfortable for taller drivers. This year, Kindig It Design brought an electric version of the CF1, dubbed the eCF1. The electric drive train is completely hidden from view, giving the driver storage under the hood and in the trunk. Even the charging port is hidden from view under one of the rear taillights. This car is gorgeous inside and out.
1. The Lexus Electrified Sport is Lexus’s take on what their next generation LFA may look like. The long sloping hood with its massive vents is quite striking. With no visible door handles, your view of the side of the car focuses on the rather unique body line that starts at the ground behind the front wheel and ends above the rear wheel. Check out the side profile, the roofline blends flawlessly into the rear of the car. In an age when it feels like all cars are starting to look the same, it is refreshing to see a ride where every bodyline appears to be its own.
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