This Dalhousie University research engineer turned his 1971 Triumph Spitfire electric

first_img In fact, there’s a lot that’s still there. Pearre’s Spitfire wasn’t exactly in mint condition when he bought it, but so far the body, frame and interior have been left alone. The suspension required upgrading to deal with the low-slung weight of batteries, and a new wiring harness is the last major finishing touch.RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 From left: Lukas Swan, Director of Dalhousie’s Renewable Energy Storage Lab; Nathaniel Pearre, research engineer; Mitch Gregory, engineering student  Nick Pearce COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Aston Martin to offer reversible EV conversions for its classicsAlthough Pearre says there’s a certain level of approachability to EV conversions – he’s not the first to do a Triumph EV swap – the Dalhousie engineer’s place of employment has certainly simplified matters. Pearre works in the Renewable Energy Storage Lab on Dalhousie’s Sexton Campus at the Emera ideaHUB, which offers the engineer access to equipment (and colleagues) most gearheads won’t find in their neighbour’s garage.In order to tackle the project, Pearre involved the lab’s director, Lukas Swan. He also hired an undergrad, Mitch Gregory, to join in the project, and received support from Albert Murphy and Graham Muirhead, technicians at the Heavy Prototype Lab.The final outcome: out go the engine, transmission, fuel tank and exhaust; in goes a 37-kWh lithium-iron phosphate battery split into two packs. They’re hooked up to a 125-kW drive motor.Those custom-shaped battery packs, Pearre says, were the primary concern. “Any time you store a big pile of energy in one spot, there’s the potential for trouble, whether it’s batteries, gas, hydrogen, etc.”Expecting around 200 kilometres of range and “outstanding modern acceleration,” according to Dal News, Pearre’s 1971 Triumph Spitfire EV will charge through either J1772 or ChAdeMO ports for fairly quick charging capability.It hasn’t been an overnight project. The Spitfire sat in Pearre’s garage for nine months while he completed the removal of all unwanted parts.While there’s no intention for the Spitfire to be a daily driver – Pearre commutes to work on a bicycle and owns a plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander – he is hoping to have paperwork in order so the Triumph can be driven before the snow flies.“I was thinking that inspection and registration might be easier in a pre-OBDII vehicle,” Pearre says. “And pre-Clean Air Act. And pre-crash-worthiness standards. And pre-seatbelts.” ‹ Previous Next › “’70s British cars are famous both for their electric systems and for ‘marking their territory’ wherever they park,” Dalhousie University research engineer Nathaniel Pearre says.Pearre acquired a 1971 Triumph Spitfire last year in Woodstock, New Brunswick, about 500 kilometres from his Halifax home. He’s now successfully swapped out all of the oily bits in exchange for a fully electric powertrain. Well, perhaps not all of the oily bits. “The only oil left in the car is in the differential,” Pearre told Driving. “But it leaks, so the ‘character’ is still there.” An EV swap won’t turn the 1971 Triumph Spitfire into a modern car, let alone a Porsche Taycan or a Tesla. But driving the Triumph, along with owning the story of its creation, may well be more fun. See More Videos Trending in Canada RELATED TAGSTriumphFlexElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew VehiclesFlexHalifaxMaritimesNova Scotia First Drive: Vancouver’s eRoadster mixes old-school style and new EV tech Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos advertisementlast_img

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