When there's a will, there's a way, right? Rich Rebuilds proved that with a rat rod and a salvage Zero S, but this Indian YouTube channel called Technical Partha beat Benoit and created what must be the cheapest EV conversion we have ever seen or heard about. All it took was a Maruti 800, an electric motor, a controller, and a 60V lithium-ion battery. Oh, and a steel plate as well.
You must be wondering what the steel plate has to do with anything. The explanation is that Technical Partha decided to keep the combustion engine as the base for the motor. We always knew electric motors were superior to combustion engines, but the Indian youtuber took this literally to an entirely new level. Part of the genius in the conversion and many of its future problems is here. We only wonder if this conversion is to have a long life at all.
The steel plate – apparently thicker than the one used on the Tesla Cybertruck – came as a rough cylinder head replacement. Technical Partha drilled it to have the same holes at the top of the engine block and four more. These holes had the purpose of attaching the steel plate to the top of the block and the other four to bolt the electric motor over it.