Tesla’s 50-Year-Old E-100 Van Gets Organ Transplant

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He received the engine, battery and other parts from the Tesla Model 3 Long Range

A 1974 Ford E-100 van received a powertrain from Tesla thanks to the efforts of Idaho-based Conductive Classics.

Tesla's
Tesla’s

The second generation Ford E-100 debuted in 1968, but the model pictured was released in 1974, just before the completely redesigned third generation arrived in 1975. Despite its age, the van was in good condition.

Tesla’s 50-Year-Old E-100 Van Gets Organ Transplant

Tesla's
Tesla’s

Electrical conversion began with the removal of the internal combustion engine. The van floor-mounted battery pack, single electric motor and rear suspension came from the Tesla Model 3 Long Range. The same goes for the front wheels and brakes, and the charging port next to the taillights is custom made.

Tesla's
Tesla’s

Until 2020, the Tesla Model 3 Long Range electric car was supplied with a 75 kWh battery providing a range of up to 530 km. The electric motor produces 283 hp. power. Of course, the body shape of the Ford E-100 and the used battery will limit range. The electrified van should also offer better handling thanks to modern suspension, stronger brakes and a lower center of gravity.

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