EV Conversion Category

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In a world-first, and in alignment with a shift within historic vehicle circles, the Bay to Birdwood will welcome electric converted historic vehicles into the 2022 event.

What is an EV?

An EV (electric vehicle) is a vehicle that is powered by an electric motor and battery or series batteries. EVs present a number of advantages over vehicles powered by traditional internal combustion engines (ICEs), including zero emissions of noxious environmental pollutants, significantly increased power, torque and efficiency, and reduced daily operating costs.

What is an “electric modified historic vehicle”?

An electric modified historic vehicle is a vehicle built prior to 1993 that has been converted from an original internal combustion engine (ICE) and drivetrain to an electric drivetrain and power source.

Modifications directly pertaining to the operation of the vehicle as an EV are permitted in this category. These may include (but are not limited to);

  • Engine and drivetrain modifications
  • Wheel rim and tyre modifications
  • Internal structural modifications

Non-essential modifications are discouraged. These may include (but are not limited to);

  • Non-period aesthetic modifications
  • Non-period accessories that are not integral to the operation of the vehicle as an EV

Electric modified historic vehicles are increasing in popularity and prevalence across the globe. Bespoke artisan re-manufacturers can be found throughout Europe, the United States, and Australia. As the world moves away from fossil fuels and towards alternative sources of renewable energy, more and more classic vehicles will need to be powered by resources other than petroleum-based fuels. History is not static; the Bay to Birdwood has always embraced innovation and evolution of Australian motoring culture, and the inclusion of this new category will seek to secure the sustainable enjoyment of this culture for generations into the future.

Why are electric modified historic vehicles permitted to enter the Bay to Birdwood, but other modified vehicles are not?

The Bay to Birdwood has always welcomed vehicles modified to run on alternative fuel sources, including liquefied petroleum gases. This new category is a unique and standalone category with unique and standalone conditions of entry (see here). This new category does not impact ‘traditional’ Bay to Birdwood entry and competition categories or the wider terms and conditions of entry.

There are two categories that EV Conversions can enter, either as a Regular EV Conversion or in the inaugural EV Conversion Award where expert judges will award a trophy to the most sympathetic EV Conversion of a historic vehicle.

If you wish to enter please click on the register here button to proceed and select your chosen category from the drop down list.

EV Conversion Category

This year we are excited to introduce an EV category to the Bay to Birdwood. This category applies to vehicles built prior to 1993 that have been converted from an original internal combustion engine (ICE) and drivetrain to an electric drivetrain and power source.

Modifications directly pertaining to the operation of the vehicle as an EV are permitted in this category. These may include (but are not limited to);

  • Engine and drivetrain modifications
  • Wheel rim and tyre modifications
  • Internal structural modifications

Non-essential modifications are discouraged. These may include (but are not limited to);

  • Non-period aesthetic modifications
  • Non-period accessories that are not integral to the operation of the vehicle as an EV

As an EV Conversion Category entrant, your vehicle must be presented in a suitable condition and comply with the Bay to Birdwood rules. For more information see Event regulations, Privacy Policy and Indemnity.