We stumbled upon a veritable herd of Morris Minors not far from Puget Sound in the state of Washington. Although all of the cars are interesting in their own rights, a blue late-1950s example with an “Electric” badge on the trunk and no exhaust pipe stuck out like a sore thumb.
A closer inspection reveals that the Minor seems to have been fully restored in the not-too-distant past, painted in an excessively shiny shade of blue and converted to run on electricity. We’re certainly not experts on electric vehicles, but we’re fairly certain that the conversion is home-brewed and fairly recent.
The Minor’s four-cylinder engine has been replaced by an electric motor that gets power from four regular car batteries linked together, while a fifth battery mounted on the firewall is connected to a power converter. Also found under the hood are a regular household plug outlet, a charging cord that goes through the radiator grille and a battery charger designed specifically for EVs.
The electric motor sends power to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission of unknown provenance. Inside, the only major modification is the addition of an amp meter on the left side of the speedometer.
Does anyone know anything about this conversion? The Minor’s maximum driving range, how long it takes to charge the battery pack and so forth?