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Holy sparks! Australia’s Charged Garage successfully creates a fully electric Mk1 Cortina!

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Well, someone had to do it! Brisbane, Australia-based Charged Garage has successfully converted a Mk1 Cortina to all-electric operation. The 1965 Mk1 1500 four-door is fully road-legal and has an expected range of 150 km (93 miles) between charges — though Charged Garage hope to extend this as battery technology develops. 

electric mk1 cortina

With assistance from Traction EV who supply electric conversion kits, Charged Garage were able to adapt the car to take the Hyper9 electric motor, powered by batteries from a written-off Tesla, relatively easily and without modifying the bodyshell.

electric mk1 cortina

The motor sits on custom mounts and bolts up to the standard Cortina gearbox using an adaptor plate and flywheel convertor, while the batteries sit on top in a custom housing.

electric mk1 cortina

Pop open the boot and there’s another battery box sat over the axle, while in place of the original fuel tank and hidden under a hinged panel, a custom housing has been fabricated to house the motor and batteries’ control units.

electric mk1 cortina

Our favourite touches are the positions of the charging point though — the standard charger plug sits in the original hole for the fuel filler, while a fast charger port is mounted where the exhaust tailpipe once exited. Other than that, the car appears completely standard.

Charged Garage are planning to convert other models and offer the conversion service for customers in 2020, too. Find out more at http://chargedgarage.com or www.facebook.com/chargedgarage.

Watch a video of the Cortina in action:

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