From the past into the electrical future: a 1953 Buick Roadmaster as electric vehicle

From the past into the electrical future: a 1953 Buick Roadmaster as electric vehicle-1953

On some ideas you have to come first. When I had the news in the electronic mailbox, whether I would like to have a very special e-car feature I did not have to think for a long time. And I’m sure you understand it’s why. Julius Guardian has initially restored a 1953 Buick Roadmaster together with Bernd Klinksick and his brother Felix Guard and then rebuilt as electric vehicle. How did this end, let me explain Julius himself.

It’s not so long ago, many people would rather want faster horses as automobiles. And yet the technology somehow always has its way. Unstoppably, she changes the life of people, whether it just fits or not. Today is the automotive industry at a crossroads and a lot speaks for a future, in which cars with electric motor bring people from A to B.

44 years ago touted as: “The Greatest Buick in 50 Great Years”, this almost dead buick was revived electrically in a new century. The beautiful V8 blubber is waxed the quiet whirring of an electric motor, ready for another 64 years to drive through the world – until the cars can fly sometime sometime. If the buick is then rebuilt again? We will see.

From the past into the electrical future: a 1953 Buick Roadmaster as electric vehicle-electrical

Originally intended as a spare parts dispenser, no one had expected when buying, what a project with the car is coming to us. The whole thing is the whole thing from a basic fascination for new drive systems in connection with renewable energies. In the head of my father, a while the Lincvolt of Neil Young has been a while and I was currently busy with electric bicycles at the time.

Until we really started the conversion, another time has passed. You have to prepare mentally on such a thing.
In itself, the whole thing has taken about a year. With long days and longer nights, in which one has thought about planning. In the beginning we had no idea at all. We had the idea and the will to implement the project, but it was difficult to coordinate everything from the outset and set up a schedule. Constantly one had to do things twice because they had not taken into account at the first time.

From the past into the electrical future: a 1953 Buick Roadmaster as electric vehicle-electrical

It was important to us that the Buick is in the end better than so many current serial electric car. Say, the range should be far over 100 km per battery charge. We could have accommodated even more batteries in the vehicle, we would probably have done it. But also so we come with the 65 kWh battery to 250-300km, and the completely normal driving style.

At the end of 2015, we were fully in the rebuilding process and had registered us full of enthusiasm for an electric vehicle rally (the Wave 2016 – from Bremerhaven to Switzerland). At the time it was not so much to see from the finished car. But we had set ourselves a deadline to which we had to finish! And you did not want to put the starting fees in the sand. So now under time pressure, it went on! We had involved the TuV from the outset, so that there are no evil surprises. That was worth it, because so got the buick right at the first appointment. a month before rally start his plaque. However, there was still so much to do that was done until the last day before the rally on the Buick.

And honestly, there is still enough to do now. This is one of these projects in which it does not matter how much time you have already invested. You always find something that can still be perfected!

From the past into the electrical future: a 1953 Buick Roadmaster as electric vehicle-buick

And so the E-Buick now combines the design of the 50s with the technology of today. Because viewed from the outside and inside, not immediately on what is in it. The operation has not changed. Simply put the gear selection lever on the steering wheel and drive off. This gave the one or the other funny situation, if one came into conversation with other people about the beautiful car and then it turned out that it is an electric car! For me personally, this is the most beautiful way to connect foreign people with the topic!

Further technical details and information can be found on the website: www.E-Buick.de

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